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Big 12 point guards even better than advertised

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Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) drives against TCU guard Desmond Bane (1) during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at Schollmaier Arena.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) drives against TCU guard Desmond Bane (1) during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at Schollmaier Arena. by Nick Krug

One reason the Big 12 has exceeded preseason expectations has to do with conference point guards, hyped plenty, performing even better than projected.

Numbers guru Ken Pomeroy of kenpom.com uses a statistical formula for his player-of-the-year rankings and has four point guards among his top 10. Three of them play in the Big 12 and one is not West Virginia’s Jevon Carter, who just outplayed Oklahoma freshman phenom Trae Young in West Virginia’s victory at home against the Sooners on Saturday.

A look at the kenpom.com top 10 POY standings:

Player
PPG RPG APG
1 - Trae Young
(Oklahoma, Fr. PG)
29.4 3.9 10.2
2 - Jock Landale
Saint Mary's, Sr. C
21.3 10.2 1.6
3 - Bonzie Colson
Notre Dame, Sr. PF
21.4 10.4 1.1
4 - Keenan Evans
Texas Tech, Sr. PG
17.2 2.9 3.6
5 - Marvin Bagley
Duke, Fr. C
22.5 11.5 1.5
6 - Jalen Brunson
Villanova, Jr. PG
19.4 3.3 5.2
7 - Deandre Ayton
Arizona, Fr. C
20.4 11.6 1.6
8 - Mikal Bridges
Villanova, Jr. SF
17.8 5.6 2.1
9 - Devonte' Graham
Kansas, Sr. PG
18.6 3.6 7.4
10 - Keita Bates-Diop
Ohio State, Jr. PF
20.0 8.8 1.4

Comments

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 1 week ago

Trae is a volume scorer (some have compared with StephC, which is ridiculuous). but he's got excellent court vision. I'm a bit surprised with his quickness, too. Carter has exposed his weakness, though.

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