Now more than ever, point guards are having an increased impact on the game of basketball at both the NBA and collegiate levels. After all, no other position has the ball in their possession more often than the point guard, who is often also the smartest and quickest player on the floor at all times.
Three of the last five No.1 overall picks in the NBA draft were highly-touted freshman point guards, with the most recent being Duke’s Kyrie Irving, who claimed the top spot despite playing in just 11 games due to an early season toe injury (Memphis’ Derrick Rose and Kentucky’s John Wall were the other two).
The fact that Irving was still considered the top overall prospect with such a small body of work speaks volumes of how highly coveted an elite point guard is in today’s game. With the NBA season in serious jeopardy, fans will have to look to college basketball to find the next crop of young and talented floor generals.
That being said, here are the top freshman point guards to watch in 2012.