Off The Boards By Jack Scheuer – February 10, 2016 Edition

Off The Boards

By Jack Scheuer

February 10, 2016 Edition

There are so many good point guards out there it’s tough to pick the top five but we’ll give it try.  This group will be the pure-point guards, who think pass-first.  That will eliminate guys like Marcus Paige, now mainly the shooting guard at North Carolina.
Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis tops the list with his great floor presence keeping all those McDonald’s All- Americans in place; Nic Moore, SMU’s floor general who leads the best team in the country who will not be in the NCAA tournament; Fred VanVleet at Wichita, the team that nobody will want to play in the Big Dance; Iowa State’s Monte’ Morris, maybe not well known in this area, but who has a great assist/turnover record; and Kris Dunn from Providence, who didn’t have a very good outing against Villanova, but is a probable lottery pick.  Others who could make a case are Pitt’s James Robinson, Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Jawun Evans from Oklahoma State, London Perrantes, Virginia, and Miami’s Angel Rodriguez.  All in all, a very good year for the pure- pointers.
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Then there is Ish Smith, the NBA’s version of a point guard, who, in the 76’ers loss to the Clippers, took 24 shots, the most of anybody else in the game, and six more than any of his teammates.
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Congratulations to number one Villanova who celebrated with a resounding victory over DePaul last night.
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Trivia Time: Who is the last St. Joe’s player to record a triple-double? Answer at the end of the column
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Hats off to Juan’ya Green, the former Archbishop Carroll star.  The 6-2 guard scored over 1,000 points at Niagara before transferring to Hofstra, where he recently went over the 1,000 mark again.  He’s just the 4th Division One player to accomplish the feat.
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Somebody’s losing streak will end tomorrow night when Drexel plays at Delaware. The home team (5-18) has lost 15 in a row, while the Dragons (3-20) have dropped  8 straight.
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Nothing personal, but Eddie Jordan might want to find another profession.  In seven-plus seasons as an NBA coach his record was 257 – 343.  He is now in his third year at Rutgers with 28 wins and 61 losses.  Not good.
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This and That: Those coaching Hurley boys, Bobby at Arizona State and Danny at Rhode Island, might want to look into some anger management programs.  Both have had major meltdowns this season….Davidson’s Jack Gibbs is a major talent.  Only a junior, the 6-0 guard leads the A-10 in scoring, (25.5 points per game) and also leads his team assists.  La Salle sees him tonight at Davidson….Temple’s home game with Villanova on February 17 is already sold out to the public….Kobe Bryant is averaging 17 points a game but shooting only 35% from the field, 27.7 from 3-point land….Maryland is having a very good season, but also has one of the nastiest student sections anywhere.  Vicious and personal too often, and the school should do something about it…Upcoming: St.Joe’s visits GW tonight, while Temple is home with UConn tomorrow night. Villanova is at the Wells Fargo Center with St. John’s on Saturday. Surging Penn is at Cornell and Columbia over the weekend.
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Answer to Trivia Time: On February 19, 2005, Dwayne Jones had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks against St. Bonaventure.


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