Dec 29, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Semaj Christon (0) brings the ball up court against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee won 51 to 47. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Big East Preview: Ranking the Point Guards


It’s possible that the Big East has the best group of point guards of any conference in the country.  This is one of the reasons why the Big East won’t be taking a step back anytime soon.  But with all that talent, it’s difficult to rank them, but not impossible.  Here they are one to ten.

1.  Semaj Christon – Xavier

Christon was the A-10 Rookie of the Year last year as he led the Musketeers in points (15.2) and assists (4.6) per game.  He’s been talked about as being a potential lottery pick in a future NBA Draft, and he could be even better with an improved squad surrounding him this year.

2.  Markel Starks – Georgetown

Starks has consistently improved as a point guard in his three seasons with the Hoyas, and will be looking to continue that progress as a senior.  He averaged 3.0 assists per game last year and was Georgetown’s most efficient shooter from three.

3.  Ryan Arcidiacono – Villanova

As a freshman who didn’t play at all his senior season of high school, you could see Arcidiacono wear down as the season progressed.  However, he did enough to earn second team All-Big East honors heading into this season, and improved shooting will help him get to the next level.

4.  Kris Dunn – Providence

Dunn has breakout candidate written all over him for the upcoming season.  He was one of the top point guards in the 2012 class, but injuries and having Vincent Council as a teammate got in the way of his playing time last year.  Yet he still averaged 3.2 assists per game as a freshman.

5.  Austin Chatman – Creighton

It helps that Chatman has the best offensive player in the country to dish it to (McDermott), but averaging 4.2 assists per game in your first year at running the point is still impressive.  He’ll be a junior this season, and should expand on the success of last year.

6.  Rysheed Jordan – St. John’s

Jordan, a freshman, is the top incoming prospect in the Big East this season and is the Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year.  He will likely be the Johnnies starting point guard from day one, and his length and athleticism make him a serious matchup problem.  This ranking could be far too low by season’s end.

7.  Derrick Wilson – Marquette

Wilson will be going from someone who was nearly invisible on last year’s squad, to the starting point guard of the team picked to win the Big East this season.  However, even limited playing time, he accrued an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3-to-1 with 57 total assists.  Coach Buzz Williams is confident in his abilities to assume the full time role, which means we should all feel confident in Wilson as Marquette’s point guard.

8.  Brandon Young – DePaul

Young averaged 4.6 assists per game last season along with leading the Blue Demons in scoring (16.7).  He is an extremely talented player, and he might be even better at attacking the basket than being a facilitator, which is impressive.

9.  Tom Maayan – Seton Hall

Maayan struggled mightily last year as he turned the ball over more than 50% of the time.  There’s no guarantee that he will even be the team’s full time point guard, but if he is going to be, and if Seton Hall is going to be better than last year, then Maayan needs to take better care of the ball.

10.  Rene Castro – Butler

Given the Bulldogs precarious situation already, I’m guessing they’d prefer not to have a freshman running the point, but it seems likely that Castro will be their guy.  He’s been known as a player who makes plays at both ends of the floor, but it could be a rough first season in the college game.

Tags: Austin Chatman Big East Brandon Young Derrick Wilson Kris Dunn Markel Starks Rene Castro Ryan Arcidiacono Rysheed Jordan Semaj Christon Tom Maayan

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