RSCI Top 100 PGs 2004-2011

I’m collecting some data on point guards for a new project I’m working on. I figured I’d share some random thoughts while looking through the RSCI’s Top 100 from 2004-2011 (or players who have had the opportunity to actually play in college).

Top 100 Point Guards By School (2004-2011):

  1. Kentucky – 7 (Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins, Derrick Jasper, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, Marquis Teague, Rajon Rondo)
  2. Kansas – 6
  3. Villanova – 5
  4. North Carolina – 5
  5. Memphis – 5
  6. Arkansas – 4
  7. Connecticut – 4
  8. Marquette – 4 (Wes Matthews was considered a PG coming out of HS)
  9. Ohio State – 4
  10. Oklahoma State – 4
  11. Texas – 4
  12. UCLA – 4

No surprise that Kentucky and Memphis make this list thanks to the talents of John Calipari. Other obvious teams on this list include perennial powers like UCLA, Connecticut, Texas, Ohio State, Kansas and North Carolina. When you think  of Villanova’s successful seasons you think guards and that’s certainly the case. Four of those five guards – Corey Fisher, Kyle Lowry, Maalik Wayns, Scottie Reynolds – made a big impact for Jay Wright. The fifth, Tyrone Johnson, just finished his first season and averaged 17.7 minutes per game. The other surprise for me was Arkansas. The reason is because Courtney Fortson and Patrick Beverley both left school early, while Rotnei Clarke transfered to Butler. There was even a question if B.J. Young, the most recent Razorback point guard, was going to stick around or head to the NBA.

Top 100 Point Guards By Class (2004-2011):

  • 2004 – 19
  • 2005 – 18
  • 2006 – 17
  • 2007 – 17
  • 2008 – 12
  • 2009 – 13
  • 2010 – 20
  • 2011 – 18

For the record, there are 18 point guards in the RSCI Top 100 for the incoming class of 2012 as well. Even though 2008 was quite the lull, it did still include Kemba Walker. Of course the highest rated point guard in that class (#1 overall Brandon Jennings) didn’t even play college basketball, opting to go to Europe for a season instead. The 2009 class had more quality even though the numbers were low. John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Peyton Siva and Junior Cadoughan were all part of that group.

Top 100 Point Guards By Height (2004-2011):

  1. 6’2 – 27 players
  2. 6’1 – 23 players
  3. 6’0 – 18 players

Apparently a Top 100 point guard is supposed to be between 6’0 and 6’2. The next two most common heights are 5’10 and 5’11, probably because as you move up the height scale scouting services are more likely to peg you as a wing guard. The tallest players categorized as point guard prospects were DeAndre Liggins, J.P. Prince and Shaun Livingston at 6’6. The shortest point guard to make the Top 100 was Erving Walker at 5’7.

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