College Basketball Predictions: Top 15 Penetrating Point Guards in America

Eric HampfordContributor IIIDecember 7, 2011

College Basketball Predictions: Top 15 Penetrating Point Guards in America

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    Everyone knows that the number one ingredient to any aspiring national title team is a supremely talented point guard. Point guards from national championship teams exhibit certain qualities such as leadership, exceptional court awareness, enormous heart and quickness.

    One of the most important qualities for these guards is their ability to penetrate and create for themselves and their teammates. On last year's national championship team, Connecticut's Kemba Walker proved just how important a slashing point guard is to any successful team.

    This season, if you want to know who the best 15 collegiate point guards are at getting to the rim, look no further...

1. Tu Holloway, Xavier

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    A complete guard at the college level, Tu Holloway excels in many areas of the game. Not only has he sealed his reputation as being a clutch shooter late in games, but he is nearly impossible to stay in front of when he is in attack mode.

    The senior could have turned pro after either his sophomore or junior seasons, but seems poised to leave his mark on NCAA basketball after already becoming a Xavier legend.

2. Maalik Wayns, Villanova

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    The junior guard is Villanova's latest star at point guard. The 6'2", 200-pound Wildcat has the moxie that all great Philadelphia guards possess.

    He is constantly in attack mode, looking to slice his way through the smallest crevices in the opposition's defense. He can hurt you in a variety of ways, whether he is scoring, assisting, or rebounding the ball. He is no slouch on defense, either.

3. Kendall Marshall, North Carolina

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    Other than Iona senior Scott Machado, nobody can dish the rock like Kendall Marshall. He racks up assists like they are going out of style. He is the catalyst to North Carolina's potent offensive attack.

    Many of his creative assists come while he is penetrating to the basket. However, all the credit can't go to him for his assist numbers. It helps when you play on a team with a plethora of future NBA draft picks.

4. Peyton Siva, Louisville

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    Seattle native Peyton Siva is the heart and soul of Louisville's offensive attack. The 6'0" junior is at his best when pushing the ball from end to end. 

    He has a surprising burst in his game, and is always ready to leap over defenders to snag rebounds or jolt the KFC Yum! Center with an explosive dunk. Louisville fans should enjoy this season with Siva, because it may be his last in Kentucky.

5. Scoop Jardine, Syracuse

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    Scoop Jardine is focused on one thing, and one thing only this season...and that's winning a national championship at Syracuse. He has been overshadowed by the emergence of Dion Waiters so far in this young college basketball season, but that doesn't change the way he plays.

    The media has scrutinized the 6'2" slasher for not standing out for the Orange this season, but in a hard-fought 72-68 victory against Florida last Friday, he showed how important he is to this team. His stat-line read 16 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals, carrying Syracuse on his back throughout the game. That could be the game that jump-starts his final college season.

6. Jorge Gutierrez, California

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    There is not a player in the country who is more important to his team than California's Jorge Gutierrez. The 6'3", 195-pound guard is a coaches dream.

    He will run through a wall for his leader, just ask his own coach, Mike Montgomery. Along with Allen Crabbe and Harper Kamp, the Golden Bear's are eyeing a deep NCAA tournament run this season, and the ringleader is the Mexico native and future NBA player.

7. Damian Lillard, Weber State

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    The 6'2" Oakland native is doing extremely big things at the small school known mostly for producing Harold "The Show" Arceneaux, 

    Currently leading the nation in scoring at 28.2 points per game, Damian Lillard is solidifying himself as not only an All-American, but a future NBA draft selection. He isn't a one trick pony either, contributing 5.5 rebounds and 3 assists a contest for the Wildcats.

8. Dee Bost, Mississippi State

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    The catalyst for a dangerous Mississippi State team this season is their senior leader, Dee Bost. The 6'2" point guard is using his final season in Starkville to prove to NBA brass that he is capable of leading a team.

    He is doing a good job so far for the Bulldogs, who are 8-1 on the season. He is averaging 17 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game for the SEC school.

9. Marquis Teague, Kentucky

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    The newest point guard prodigy serving under master recruiter John Calipari at Kentucky is Marquis Teague, the brother of Atlanta Hawks point man Jeff Teague.

    Even though he has been a bit erratic so far in his freshman season, there's no denying that he has the talent to dominate games. He can get by anyone in his way, and when his turnovers are down, it's nearly impossible to stop him.

10. Casper Ware, Long Beach State

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    After terrorizing Pittsburgh and San Diego State earlier this season, Long Beach State's Casper Ware has cooled off as defenses have geared up to stop him.

    The jet quick, 5'10" senior is still averaging 17.1 points and 4.6 assists per game, and the 49ers are looking like a dangerous team to play come NCAA tournament time.

11. Myck Kabongo, Texas

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    The most ballyhooed recruit in Rick Barnes 2012 recruiting class started the season a bit slow, but is coming on at just the right time. The 6'1" Canada native is easily one of the quickest guards in the country, regardless of class.

    As he continues to grow, along with his fellow freshman classmates at Texas, expect this Longhorns team to hover around the nation's top 25 all season.

12. Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's

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    St. Mary's has become a pipeline for Australian talent, and Matthew Dellavedova is the latest Aussie to make waves in the states. 

    He is the type of guard to get results by any means, and he plays the game with a sense of pride rarely seen these days. The 6'4" point guard will have a lengthy career playing professionally, whether it be in the NBA or overseas.

13. Aaron Craft, Ohio State

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    The 6'2" sophomore has had the keys to Ohio State's offense from day one of his freshman season. He is now ready to step his game up this season as a sophomore on a potential title-winning team.

    He will give you a little bit of everything form the point guard position, mixing scoring, assists, rebounds, steals, and hustle plays to help the Buckeyes win games.

14. D.J. Cooper, Ohio

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    The Chicago native is the star for Ohio University. The 5'11" hard-nosed guard can leave his mark on a game in a variety of ways. 

    He already has dropped 16 points on Louisville this season, and tallied 11 points and 11 assists in an upset win over Marshall. Stay tuned for what he can accomplish the rest of the season.

15. Ray McCallum Jr., Detroit

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    The mid-major star for Detroit Mercy could have had his pick of playing nearly anywhere in America, but decided to play for his father at the collegiate level.

    The sophomore is an NBA prospect and plays his best games against the best competition. In his last game against St. John's, a 69-63 win, he scored 21 points and dished out four assists, helping Detroit to the upset victory.