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October 27, 2008
Lawson tops preseason point guard rankings
The Big East has four point guards on our list; no other league has more than two in our top 10.
The strength of the Big East is going to be a popular refrain this season. Maybe one reason it is expected to be so dominant is because of its talent and experience at point guard. When we expand our list at each position to 25 when we release our Power Rankings before the start of the season, there could be as many as seven Big East point guards.
"This is a guard-oriented league, and the depth of the guards is unprecedented," Rutgers coach Fred Hill said. "Just look at the backcourts at Villanova, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Marquette. There are some really special players in there, and that is one of the main reasons this league is so deep."
"When you start going through the teams in the league, it seems like everyone has a great point guard," James said. "(Connecticut's) A.J. Price has done a great job. (Villanova's) Scottie Reynolds has really led his team. (Pittsburgh's) Levance Fields has put his team in a position to be very successful."
Who does James believe is on top in the Big East?
"If I couldn't say myself, I'd probably lean towards A.J. because he has so many people to go to," James said.
Nonetheless, the top two guys on our list won't have any fear of the Big East. Each of them has been somewhere none of the Big East point guards has been – the Final Four. In fact, they have four national semifinals appearances between them.
It's a good bet someone from the Big East will join the club in 2009. Our Nos. 1 and 2 hope to be back there waiting for him.
RIVALS.COM'S 2008-09 TOP 10 POINT GUARDS
1. Ty Lawson, North Carolina, Jr., 5-11/195
2. Darren Collison, UCLA, Sr., 6-0/160
3. A.J. Price, Connecticut, Sr., 6-2/181
4. Jeremy Pargo, Gonzaga, Sr., 6-2/219
5. Levance Fields, Pittsburgh, Sr., 5-10/190
6. Jonny Flynn, Syracuse, Soph., 6-0/186
7. Stephen Curry, Davidson, Jr., 6-3/185
8. Devan Downey, South Carolina, Jr., 5-9/175
9. Tyrese Rice, Boston College, Sr., 6-1/190
10. Dominic James, Marquette, Sr., 5-11/185