John Wall is the nation's best point guard, in my opinion.
Let the record show that Sherron Collins does not like my opinion.
"It bothers me a little bit," Collins said when I asked about all the attention Wall is getting. "I think I've established myself, and he's coming out of high school with a lot of hype. But I'm the old guy, and I ain't gonna let no young boy get the best of me."
That sounds like a challenge.
Perhaps we can settle it on the first Monday in April.
"It would be a good matchup: Kansas vs. Kentucky," Collins said. "I'd like to play him."
I'd like to see it.
Anyway, here's a list of the nation's top point guards and combo guards:
(Don't forget to read the explanation for these rankings in the blog.)
1. John Wall, KentuckyWhy he's here: I've pretty much tied my reputation as a brilliant evaluator of talent -- yes, it's a reputation I gave myself -- on the Wildcats' star freshman. You know what? I'm OK with it. Lots of fans questioned me for naming Wall the CBSSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year, as did Collins. But I've had several coaches tell me I'll end up looking smart for doing it, and I tend to trust coaches more than fans. And I trust Brett Dawson, too. He's the Kentucky beat writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. He watched UK scrimmage over the weekend and tweeted the following: "John Wall looks like nothing you've ever seen in blue and white. Ever."
8. Kenny Boynton, FloridaWhy he's here: Boynton will play more shooting guard than point guard, but the loss of Nick Calathes will force him to handle the ball for the Gators. And that's not necessarily a bad thing; Boynton is among the nation's most talented freshmen, a gifted scorer who should post big numbers for Billy Donovan, right from the start.
10. Talor Battle, Penn StateWhy he's here: Battle averaged 16.7 points and 5.0 assists last season to help the Nittany Lions win 27 games. Did you even know Penn State won 27 games?
The next 15
|• 11. Jerome Randle (California)||• 16. Deonta Vaughan (Cincinnati)||• 21. Denis Clemente (Kansas State)|
|• 12. Nic Wise (Arizona)||• 17. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)||• 22. Corey Fisher (Villanova)|
|• 13. Abdul Gaddy (Washington)||• 18. A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky)||• 23. Chris Warren (Ole Miss)|
|• 14. Shelvin Mack (Butler)||• 19. Jon Scheyer (Duke)||• 24. Demetri McCamey (Illinois)|
|• 15. Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech)||• 20. Charles Jenkins (Hofstra)||• 25. Courtney Fortson (Arkansas)|
|2009-10 Season Preview/Conference Countdown Schedule|
|Monday, Oct. 5||Preseason Top 25 (and one)||Monday, Oct. 26||Coaches on the Hot Seat|
|Wednesday, Oct. 7||Preseason All-America Team||Wednesday, Oct. 28||Ranking the best of the non-BCS|
|Friday, Oct. 9||Impact Freshmen||Friday, Oct. 30||No. 6: Pac-10|
|Monday, Oct. 12||Programs on the Rise||Monday, Nov. 2||No. 5: SEC|
|Wednesday, Oct. 14||Programs on the Decline||Tuesday, Nov. 3||No. 4: Big East|
|Friday, Oct. 16||Midnight Madness | From Kansas||Wednesday, Nov. 4||No. 3: ACC|
|Monday, Oct. 19||Player rankings: Points/Combos||Thursday, Nov. 5||No. 2: Big Ten|
|Wednesday, Oct. 21||Player rankings: Wings||Friday, Nov. 6||No. 1: Big 12|
|Friday, Oct. 23||Player rankings: Big Men||Monday, Nov. 9||Brackets: Parrish | Palm|