Don't read a word beyond this sentence until you watch the entirety of that video.
Don't push pause! Watch it. I can wait.
This footage was taken during the summer's Prime Time League in North Liberty, Iowa. Mike Gesell, as a freshman, ran rampant. He put on a clinic.
It was extremely difficult for me to decide between Gesell and Adam Woodbury for the top spot of this column, as it really comes down to what you value most as a basketball fan.
I love the flash-and-slash game, which is why I have Ingram ranked as highly as I do. So instead of losing all credibility by putting the shooting guard at the top of this list, I tried to think like White Magic for a minute.
What player/position allows Iowa's offense and defense to flourish? A seven footer with good feet and ball handling skills or a point guard who could walk onto Kirk Ferentz's football team?
He'd take the overly competitive point guard every day of the week, and here's why:
Last year, Iowa used an assortment of options at point guard. Bryce Cartwright was the only true ball handler on the roster. Roy Devyn Marble filled in admirably, but was always better suited off the ball The same went for Oglesby and Gatens, who also filled in from time to time.
In fact, since Tony Freeman departed Iowa City for Southern Illinois back in 2008, the Hawkeyes have used Cartwright, Gatens (who sometimes was the only player able to bring the basketball up the court), Marble, Cully Payne, John Lickliter, Jake Kelly, Jeff Peterson, Jermain Davis and Anthony Tucker as point guards.
That's eight different players, and I'm sure I'm missing someone, too.
That's a heap of non-Big Ten level point guard talent.
Gesell has to turn the page on that era and rewrite the story starting in 2012-2013.
He has to claim the starting point guard roll by the start of the Big Ten season this year, allowing Marble to revert back to his natural position.
Back to the video. As you could tell, Gesell can knock down mid-range and long-range jumpers off the catch or by using a quick dribble. He isn't the best facilitator as much as he is a scorer, but that will hopefully come with practice and established roles. He is a little undersized to play the shooting guard position, but he can body up with both the one and two positions, using his competitive edge to keep him in amongst those bigger guards.
The best part about the prospects of Gesell is that every article or scouting report always defers back to one aspect of his game as proof of future successes: he is a competitor, bar none.
Possible NBA Comparison: Kirk Hinrich circa 2004-2007 (16.06 PPG and 6.3 APG while being the true floor general of the "Baby Bulls")