The question everyone is asking this week centers around North Carolina sophomore guard Kendall Marshall. A fractured wrist, surgery and the status of championship expectations are the talk of the water cooler.
Personally, I think Marshall is the best point guard in the country. I know this; he’s the best point in the country on any second-team all-conference list (Marshall wasn’t named to the first-team all-ACC). As recruiting analysts, we make a lot of mistakes and I’ll be the first to admit one. However, there was no mistake made in the evaluation of Marshall. I’ve always said that he was the ideal fit for UNC because of his ability to deploy the weapons at his disposal. When he committed you knew UNC would surround him with talent and conversely, there was no worrying about Marshall’s ability to use his arsenal.
Now, the Heels are without their general and are set to limp into the Sweet 16 with a key man down. Marshall’s injury and his value gave me pause. Coming out of high school in 2010, Marshall was a McDonald’s All-American and part of strong contingent of point guards. He was ranked No. 7 in his class at his position, but let's revisit the list:
Class of 2010 PG Rankings
Kyrie Irving (No. 3 overall), Duke/No. 1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers
Brandon Knight (No. 4), Kentucky, No. 8 pick Detroit Pistons