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November 2, 2009

Preseason power rankings: Point guards

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
1. Sherron Collins, Kansas, 5-11/205, Sr.
2. Kalin Lucas, Michigan State, 6-0/190, Jr.
3. John Wall, Kentucky, 6-4/195, Fr.
4. Jerome Randle, California, 5-10/172, Sr.
5. Greivis Vasquez, Maryland, 6-6/200, Sr.
6. Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, 6-2/190, Sr.
7. Talor Battle, Penn State, 6-0/170, Jr.
8. Nic Wise, Arizona, 5-10/180, Sr.
9. Devan Downey, South Carolina, 5-9/170, Sr.
10. Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech, 6-3/190, Jr.
11. Terrico White, Ole Miss, 6-5/213, Soph.
12. Kemba Walker, Connecticut, 6-1/172, Soph.
13. Jon Scheyer, Duke, 6-5/190, Sr.
14. Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati, 6-1/190, Sr.
15. Jimmer Fredette, BYU, 6-2/195, Jr.
16. Isaiah Thomas, Washington, 5-8/185, Soph.
17. Courtney Fortson, Arkansas, 5-11/180, Soph.
18. Chris Warren, Ole Miss, 5-10/168, Jr.
19. Ben Uzoh, Tulsa, 6-3/205, Sr.
20. Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin, 6-0/193, Sr.
21. Tory Jackson, Notre Dame, 5-11/195, Sr.
22. Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, 6-2/190, Soph.
23. John Roberson, Texas Tech, 5-11/165, Jr.
24. Demetri McCamey, Illinois, 6-3/200, Jr.
25. Ronald Moore, Siena, 6-0/156, Sr.

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.



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