2011 Draft Preview: POINT GUARDS

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With June 23 rapidly approaching, the Wine and Gold could very well be looking to add depth to their point guard position in this year's upcoming Draft.

Here's a group of floor generals who could be available should the Wine and Gold look into this year's crop of point guards ....


Kyrie Irving6-2, 191 – Born: March 23, 1992 (West Orange, NJ) – College: Duke – Top true point guard in the Draft; at 6-2 with a 6-4 wingspan, has similar measureables to Deron Williams and Chris Paul; unselfish and productive – was the National Champ’s top playmaker and go-to guy as a true freshman at Duke; can be dominant or deferential, but always productive; ideal point guard for up-tempo offense, loves to push the ball in the open floor; goes left or right with equal fluidity; extremely creative; high-character kid with fantastic basketball IQ; not the physical specimen John Wall or Derrick Rose were, but still has above average size and strength; excellent finisher at the rim; solid decision-maker; powerful extra gear; efficient shooter (53 pct FG, 90 pct FT, 45 pct 3-pt); battled turf toe injury just eight games into freshman season, but returned to play in NCAA Tournament.


Jimmer Fredette6-2, 196 – Born: February 25, 1989 (Glen Falls, NY) – College: BYU – College hoops’ leading scorer (28.9 ppg), Fredette comes to the pros as a known commodity; doesn’t have exceptional size or speed, but is a threat to hit a shot anywhere from inside the halfcourt line; can hit the three off the dribble, off a screen or in a catch-and-shoot; willing and creative passer – especially on the drive-and-dish; can knock down contested, off-balance shots; can weave his way through traffic; not great speed, but a decent first step; not a natural point guard, but developed those skills over his career at BYU; extremely tough mentally and physically – will battle from buzzer to buzzer; succeeded against top competition in college; efficient, but not a spectacular ball-handler; doesn’t have great lateral quickness; one of the most intriguing players in this year’s Draft.


Brandon Knight6-3, 177 – Born: December 2, 1991 (Coral Springs, FL) – College: Kentucky – Has great size for a point guard, but speed and a tremendous first step is his biggest attribute; creative passer and quick decision-maker; fierce competitor who thrives on big games and big situations; has 3-point range; strong work ethic; good finisher at the rim; had a good NCAA Tournament that included a pair of game-winners, but shot just 33 percent from the floor in Kentucky’s run to the Final Four; can be turnover prone – tends to force the issue in traffic; teams impressed by high hoops IQ and fact that he’s a smart, engaging kid; lightest player (177 lbs.) at the combine in Chicago, but also the second-lowest body fat; excellent defender, using his speed and size to pester his opponent; youngest player in this Draft class – won’t turn 19 until December; viewed as a possible combo guard at the next level.


Darius Morris6-4, 190 – Born: January 3, 1991 (Los Angeles, CA) – College: Michigan – One of the most improved players in the Big-10 last season, leading the conference in assists (6.7) as a sophomore; very good size and measureables, including 6-7 ½ wingspan; very aggressive player, loves to attack the rim; explosive first step; gifted passer in the halfcourt; good teammate and vocal leader on the floor; uses his size and aggressiveness well on the defensive end and could be asked to guard 1s and 2s at the next level; doesn’t have great foot speed; not a great shooter – from the floor or the free throw line; has drawn comparisons to Andre Miller for his size, (lack of) true speed but strong passing and playmaking ability; Morris is considered one of the sleepers in this year’s Draft.


Kemba Walker6-1, 184 – Born: May 8, 1990 (Bronx, NY) – College: UConn – Extremely rare combination of raw speed, quickness and power; doesn’t have ideal height at 6-1, but is a sturdy 184 lbs; one of the most productive players in college basketball, leading UConn to National Championship with one of the greatest Tourney runs in history; almost impossible for defenders to stay in front of him in college; outstanding court vision and creative passer; averaged 23.5 ppg last year and can score from anywhere on the court; constantly in attack mode, averaged 7.7 FT per contest in 2010-11; prolific rebounder (5.4 rpg) for a player his size; not afraid to mix it up in the paint and can finish in traffic; great intangibles and obviously incredible leadership skills; sometimes questionable shot selection and can play out of control, but also bore so much of the offensive burden for the National Champs.