Top 25 teams with point guard concerns
September, 10, 2013
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider
Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesKansas' national title hopes may rest on junior point guard Naadir Tharpe.It’s difficult to win a national title without a quality point guard. Peyton Siva led Louisville a season ago, and Marquis Teague was a first-round pick on Kentucky’s loaded national title squad in 2011-12. UConn had Kemba Walker, Ty Lawson led North Carolina to the title in 2008-09 and Kansas had a pair in Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins.
Let’s face it: You aren’t cutting down the nets without a high-level point guard. Just look at North Carolina when the Tar Heels lost Kendall Marshall a couple of seasons ago. They didn’t have a shot.
Teams that don’t have to worry at all about their point guard situations in 2013-14: Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Gonzaga and Notre Dame. I’m not concerned about Kentucky, Florida and Syracuse -- even though all three will likely have freshmen at the controls.
It’s time to take a look at quality teams that have question marks at the position, and we start with a program that could wind up cutting down the nets if the point guard spot is solidified.
The Jayhawks have just about everything. They have talented, young wings in Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden. Bill Self has a steady forward in Perry Ellis, and a couple of big men in veteran Tarik Black and freshman Joel Embiid. He has depth with forward Jamari Traylor, wing Andrew White, big man Landen Lucas and freshman guards Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene.