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JP's Big East Best: Point Guards

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He may face some competition later in the season, but for now, Scoop is #1. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
He may face some competition later in the season, but for now, Scoop is #1. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Alright, time for the deepest position in the Big East- the Point Guards, the floor generals, the facilitators of the offense. Nearly every team has a quality point guard, save one or two. So here's the final chapter in the Big East Best series. Hope you enjoy it!

5. Jordan Theodore

2010- 11 stats: 11.0 PTS, 3.1 REB, 4.4 AST, 1.3 STL, .425 FG%, .787 FT%, .346 3P%

Jordan Theodore had a roller coaster year. There were some games where he was terrific, and about an equal amount of games where he was invisible. He's a stellar defender at his position, but also turned the ball over way too much. He had some games where he provided some great point guard play, but also games where he tried to do too much.

Well, Theodore's a senior now, and that means the motivation to go out on a good note is high. He is also the unquestioned leader now after spending much of last season adjusting from not having Eugene Harvey there. Reports out of practice say that he's shown that leadership quality already with the young Pirates, and provided he cuts down the turnovers and plays to his strengths, he should be one of the better point guards in the conference this year.

4. Shabazz Napier

2010-11 stats: 7.8 PTS, 2.4 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.6 STL, .370 FG%, .771 FT%, .326 3P%

Napier came into last year with a good amount of hype, and he lived up to it, possibly even exceeding it. UConn was at their best when Napier played alongside Kemba Walker, with the super-quick guard getting his numbers (especially the steals) repeatedly. His assist rate was very good for a guard in his first year. 

Now he's going to start, so like with many guys in this series, there's an adjustment period that comes with it. UConn also has the next Kemba/Napier in ultra-quick and athletic Ryan Boatright. Boatright should push Napier in practice to lower the adjustment period, and who knows- maybe Jim Calhoun will play them both from time to time. Napier will be very, very good this year, and if you look at the talent around him, if he doesn't average at least 5.5 assists per game I will be very disappointed.

3. Peyton Siva

2010-11 stats: 9.9 PTS, 3.1 REB, 5.2 AST, 2.0 STL, .445 FG%, .682 FT%, .286 3P%

I am a huge fan of this kid, and have been since I watched him on YouTube videos two years ago. Siva as a sophomore also had a tendency to play too fast at times (almost 3 turnovers per game- YIKES), but when he wasn't doing that, he was absolutely stunning. His blend of playmaking and athleticism and toughness fits perfectly in Rick Pitino's system, not to mention his quick hands on defense. The only real deficiency in his game is his 3-point shot, and that's always critical for Pitino-coached teams, but if he finds that touch from deep this year, it will be a serious war between him and the next two guys on this list for the top point guard in the Big East. 

Siva's just a Baller, and he grew into that starting role last year. Expect great things from the Seattle-native.

2. Maalik Wayns

2010-11 stats: 13.8 PTS, 2.8 REB, 4.5 AST, 1.2 STL, .399 FG%, .820 FT%, .271 3P%

Wayns is the quickest and fastest player in the Big East, and he can get into the paint with ease to make plays. That much is certain, and that's the main reason why he's here.

But another reason why I have him only number two is his poor outside shot. With Wayns, the only thing stopping him from taking the conference by storm is a consistent (or even semi-consistent) outside shot. If he shows he can hit a deep ball, he will be almost impossible to defend. Perhaps people will finally spell his name right this year as well. 

Like Siva, Wayns is in the mix for best point guard right now, but both their shooting  abilities hold them behind...

1. Scoop Jardine

2010-11 stats: 12.5 PTS, 2.2 REB, 5.9 AST, 1.6 STL, .415 FG%, .664 FT%, .357 3P%

Scoop Jardine has it all- the playmaking, the outside shot, the quick hands on defense- that you would want in a Big East Point Guard. Jardine's problem last year wasn't skill- it was finishing. Late in games, Jardine was not very good, often looking either lost or indecisive. He also turned it over around 3 times a game, and a good chunk of these were late in games, so to avoid serious competition from Siva and Wayns to take this top spot, Jardine will have to fix those things.

His outside shot and great assist numbers put him at the top of the list, and Jim Boeheim (who is rarely wrong when it comes to his own guys and his teams) has been raving about his improvement this offseason. Until someone proves otherwise, Scoop is #1.

That's it for the series. I would also like to add that regarding point guards, there are some nice freshmen who could potentially make noise this year, notably Jabarie Hinds (WV) and Myles Mack (RUT). Keep an eye on those guys as well as the others on this list.

Honorable Mention: Cashmere Wright (CIN), Vincent Council (PC), Brandon Young (DEP), Travon Woodall (PIT)