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November 25, 2008

Power rankings: Curry can score and create

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: PG | SG | SF | PF | C | Head Coach

Perhaps Stephen Curry should have been playing point guard all along.

In the most talked-about position switch of the offseason, Davidson coach Bob McKillop chose to move Curry, arguably the nation's top shooting guard, to the point to replace the void created by the departure of veteran Jason Richards.

Two weeks and only four games into the season and Curry already has made McKillop look like a genius. No player in the nation is off to a better start statistically.

Curry leads the nation in scoring at 34 points a game, an 8.1 increase from the 25.9 ppg he averaged last season. Curry has managed to find time to distribute the ball as well, dishing out 8.8 assists a game, which is actually more than the 8.0 apg that Richards led the nation with last season. He also has a stellar 3.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and is averaging a remarkable 4.5 steals a game.

Those gaudy numbers catapulted Curry from No. 7 to No. 3 in the point guard portion of Rivals.com's power rankings, which provide a weekly look at the top players and coaches in the country.

A new category ranking the top overall freshmen has been added this year. Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker opens up as the No. 1 rookie.

There was a shake-up at the top of the power forward rankings. Oklahoma's Blake Griffin knocked North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough out of the No. 1 spot. Griffin leads the nation with an average of 19.8 rebounds a game and his 25-point, 21-rebound performance carried the Sooners to an 82-78 win last week over Curry's Wildcats. Curry finished with 44 points in that showdown and went 14-of-14 from the free throw line.

Hansbrough, who moved down to No. 3, missed North Carolina's first two games with a leg injury. He scored 13 points and had seven boards in the Tar Heels' 84-67 win over UC-Santa Barbara on Friday.

Purdue's E'Twaun Moore and Michigan's Manny Harris made two of the biggest moves up, going from Nos. 19 and 20 to Nos. 7 and 8 in the shooting guard rankings. Moore ranks first on the 4-0 Boilermakers in rebounding (6.3 rpg), assists (3.3 apg) and second in scoring (14.8 ppg). Harris scored 15 points and had three steals in the Wolverines' shocking 55-52 upset of UCLA.

The power rankings of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: PG | SG | SF | PF | C | Head Coach

Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at askwara@rivals.com.

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