Has Jerome Randle Become the Best Point Guard in the Pac-10?

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IDecember 21, 2008

Quietly, Jerome Randle has taken the reigns from Darren Collison as the best point guard in the Pac-10 Conference. Not only is Randle in the running for most improved player he is also in the race for the Pac-10 Player Of The Year. 

Under Mike Montgomery's system Cal has raced to an 8-2 record under the leadership of Randle. The difference in Randle's game is as clear as night and day. Under Ben Braun's system Randle had the green light to shoot whenever he wanted and it cost the Bears. 

Under the tutelage of Montgomery, Randle has become more selective in taking his shots, he's distributing the ball well, making clutch plays for the Bears such as a game winning shot against Utah and a huge three point play against Nevada, and most importantly Randle is playing with a level of confidence he has never shown before. 

The UCLA Bruins as well have jumped off to an 8-2 start to the season as well. It's not like Collison hasn't been impressive either with the Bruins. Like Randle Collison is also the leading scorer for the Bruins. 

Collison of course is better defensively than Randle, but so far this season the difference has closed. So, both teams are 8-2 it's time to compare the numbers between Randle and Collison. 

Randle is currently averaging 20.6 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, and 1.2 steals per game. Randle is also shooting 56.1 percent from the floor, 86.8 percent from the line, and an astounding 60 percent from beyond the arc. Lastly Randle is getting to the free throw line around 7 times per game. 

Collison on the other hand is averaging 15.1 points per game, 4.6 assists per game, 2.3 rebounds per game, and 1.7 steals per game. Collison is also shooting 54 percent from the field, 96.4 percent from the free throw line, and 51.6 percent from beyond the arc. For Collison, he only gets to the free throw line about 3 times a game.

So, the original question was is Jerome Randle the best point guard in the Pac-10? The answer is yes.