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Considered by many as the top recruit in the nation, Marquis Teague has struggled for the Wildcats.
John Calipari might need some time with this one.
Through the first two games of the season, freshman point guard Marquis Teague hasn't exactly lived up to the hype, and it's certainly looking like he may not even be the best freshman on the No. 2 ranked Kentucky Wildcats.
Through the first two games, Teague's play has been inefficient, turning the ball over nine times compared to only seven assists. Kentucky managed to escape the Kansas Jayhawks, another team that seems to lack a point guard, due in large part to the play of two other freshmen, big man Anthony Davis and the physically imposing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
One also has to question whether Duke has a true lead man, with Seth Curry currently leading the way in assists and Austin Rivers going through some freshman pains as well. Curry has been solid so far, but only averaged two assists per game last year and only 2.3 his freshman season at Liberty. Duke also has a lot of talent, though, and may not need a Nolan Smith-type to contend for the title.
A few teams that I question whether or not they have a true point guard right now are Michigan State (poor perimeter play overall), No. 23 California (great team offense, but no real facilitator) and No. 16 Alabama (great defense and great length, but really struggle from the perimeter).
While those teams have struggled to identify a point guard, there are some guys I noticed who will probably go under the radar throughout the year. Aaron Craft at Ohio State isn't flashy, but is a very efficient, high hustle player. In the third-ranked Buckeyes victory over the now seventh-ranked Florida Gators, Craft was able to drop 13 points and dish out seven assists, while only committing three turnovers. Craft also displayed his proficiency on defense, adding three steals and one block to the stat sheet. It's this type of efficient play from Craft that make the Buckeyes a complete team and one to keep an eye on.
Hopefully I don't pick up too many homer remarks for the next guy I am going to talk about (check my bio), but Ceola Clark III was brilliant in his first game back for Western Illinois. I watched this game in its entirety on ESPN3, and the Leathernecks looked good yet again in the first half (were down only 41-38 at Dayton and led most of the way) only to slip-up in the second half. Ceola sat out the exhibition game against Illinois College and the Dayton game, but played 38 minutes in this one, scoring 21 points. Two years ago, Ceola led the Leathernecks in scoring and was fifth in the nation with 2.7 steals per game, which helped him garner the Summit League Defensive Player of the Year honors. Playing a balanced Michigan game in the Crisler Arena, Clark showed off his all-around ability and will be a guy to keep an eye on this season.
For the Iona Gaels, there are multiple guards worth talking about. Iona took Purdue down to the wire and if it wasn't for a few ticky-tacky fouls that went against Iona at the end of this one, one of which led to Scott Machado fouling out, this could of had a different result. Iona presents a great trio of guards in Machado, who had 14 points and 11 assists, Lamont "Momo" Jones which I'm sure many remember from playing alongside Derrick Williams in Arizona's run to the Elite Eight last year, and Jermel Jenkins. Iona also has two solid forwards in Michael Glover and Taaj Ridley and run a very fast-paced offense designed to wear teams out with their quickness.
They matched up very well with a Purdue team that is underwhelming athletically, and their full-court press, fast-paced offense and high effort nearly produced a victory. I would suggest keeping an eye on the Gaels because they have the type of guard play, headed by a guard who has had tournament success, to win the MAAC and potentially make a splash in the tournament.
And hopefully no college coaches take the suggestion to "buy" players too seriously...