Top point guards, Calipari, Wells more
by Nicole Auerbach and Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports
College basketball season tips off Friday night with a boatload of great games (pun intended). You’ve sent in lots and lots of questions, and our college basketball reporters Nicole Auerbach and Eric Prisbell have lots and lots of answers, so here we go.
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Alex P: We’ve got a handful of quality point guards – Canaan, Burke, Jackson, Siva, Craft. Of those five, who do you project will make the most noise in college basketball this year and why?
Prisbell: Good question. Among those five, I like Trey Burke to create the most noise this season because he is very talented and has a good amount of talent around him. That said, we are seeing a resurgence of elite point guard guards this season, and those are just five of the best guys.
Auerbach: I think you’re going to hear a lot about Burke, Siva and Craft – mostly because they play for preseason top-five teams. Siva has a fascinating back story, and he’s survived a rough childhood to get to this point, so he’s a guy to root for. Last season, Burke played with as much poise as you can hope for from a freshman, so he’ll be fun to watch mature and take a leadership role this year. And Craft, who led the Buckeyes deep into March, is exactly the kind of floor general you’d want on your team. This isn’t to say anything bad about Canaan and Jackson – they’re both extremely talented, too – but I think because the others are going to be playing in a bigger spotlight this season, they’ll make the most noise.
Tim Newhard: How will ucla do this year?
Prisbell: Tell me if Shabazz Muhammad is playing and I will tell you how UCLA will do. If Shabazz plays all season, UCLA is one of the two best teams in the Pac-12, Shabazz is an All-American candidate and coach Ben Howland may not have to worry about job security quite as much. This UCLA season is a boom-or-bust situation, and … [For more on Mailbag: Top point guards, Calipari, Wells and more, click here.]