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November 2, 2009
How high is John Wall's ceiling?
That's the biggest dilemma facing anyone who tries to rank the nation's top point guards. Wall has a chance to make a Derrick Rose-type impact in his first - and perhaps only - season at Kentucky, but it always represents a leap of faith to rank someone as the nation's No. 1 player at his position before he has played a single game.
We didn't go quite that far while listing the point guards in our preseason edition of the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which rate the nation's top performers at each position. But we came awfully close to pulling the trigger.
Wall ranks third on our list, behind Sherron Collins of Kansas and Kalin Lucas of Michigan State. Collins runs the offense for the nation's top-ranked team, while Lucas steered Michigan State to last season's NCAA championship game.
Although we rated a freshman phenom high on our list, experience ended up ruling the rankings. Our list of the top 25 point guards includes a dozen seniors. In fact, seniors fill six of the top nine spots.
THE TOP 25 POINT GUARDS
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.