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MWC Basketball: Top 5 Point Guards

Matt L. StephensCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

MWC Basketball: Top 5 Point Guards

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    With the 2010-11 NCAA basketball regular season nearly over, I’ve decided to dive into my favorite conference, the Mountain West, and select the top five players at each position, starting off with the point guards.

    The MWC has plenty of good names that could be thrown into this category, but being suspended (Ronnie Moss) or playing on a flat out bad team (Jaydee Luster) isn't going to help your case.

    If you have a problem with the order, feel free to speak up in the comments section.

    Author's Note: This story was originally published on www.mattlstephens.com/.

5. Dorian Green

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    School: Colorado State

    Year: Sophomore

    Reason:

    The youngest player on this list, Green’s scoring has taken a back seat this year after leading the Rams in 2009-10 with 11.8 ppg. Averaging 7.5 ppg this season, Green has shown an outstanding ability to make key shots to get CSU back in rhythm and does a great job leading his team on the floor. He also has a knack for getting key rebounds for a little guy and his assists have been increasing as of late.

4. Oscar Bellfield

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    School: UNLV

    Year: Junior

    Reason:

    Bellfield has improved bit by bit throughout his career at UNLV, but this year he has been a shining star for the Rebels, averaging 11 points and 3.6 assists per game. Bellfield has been clutch for UNLV this season, shooting .372 from long range and an outstanding .844 at the free throw line.

3. Dairese Gary

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    School: New Mexico

    Year: Senior

    Reason:

    This season hasn’t been as kind to the Lobos as 2009-10 with the early departure of Darington Hobson to the NBA, but Gary has done a good job corralling a young UNM squad. Gary leads the Lobos in both points and assists per game at 13.4 and 5.4, respectively, but seems to have his best scoring performances when UNM is on the losing end of things.

2. D.J. Gay

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    School: San Diego State

    Year: Senior

    Reason:

    Gay isn’t usually going to lead the Aztecs in scoring and there are times he’ll just have a bad game, but he does what any good point guard should — be a true floor general. Gay’s assists to turnover ration is 3.03 and he’s the best deep threat for an SDSU team that doesn’t shoot well from behind the arc.

1. Jimmer Fredette

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    School: Brigham Young

    Year: Senior

    Reason:

    When you’re pretty much the leading candidate for National Player of the Year in college basketball, would it be fair to not put Fredette first? Averaging over 27 ppg, what makes him even more special is the fact that he plays better when either the Cougars are on the road or BYU is stuck in a tough game. Though I feel his game is often predictable, his ball handling makes him nearly impossible to stop.

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