The off-guard spot is the weakest position in college basketball this season. For comparison’s sake, the No. 20 lead guard in the list we released yesterday was Davidson’s Jack Gibbs, who ranked 62nd in our top 100 players list. For off-guards, only 16 were ranked in our top 100, meaning the final four in this list didn’t crack that list. Why is this the case? Is it because the best scoring guards in basketball are trying to mold themselves after the likes of Russell Westbrook, John Wall and Derrick Rose as opposed to, say, Kobe? Is it because the emphasis on court-spacing has turned the off-guard spot into a spot-up shooter’s role? Or is this just a random year where the two-guards just aren’t
In the 13-year history of the Rivals rankings, Saint Louis had only landed one top 150 prospect prior to this year. New coach Travis Ford and his staff have now pulled in three in barely three months. In August, they outdueled Illinois for wing Jordan Goodwin, an Illinois native rated the No. 56 prospect in the 2017 class.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Rihanna headlined the Made in America music festival in Philadelphia last month, and some of the national champion Villanova Wildcats wanted to go. The Wildcat who runs this town tonight – and maybe forever – just felt like staying home. Kris Jenkins needed a break from the fans who know him as Big Smooth. He just needed peace. Could it be, Jenkins bigger than Jay Z? “In this town,” teammate Josh Hart said, laughing, “definitely.” Hart made the show and bumped into fans who suddenly recognized the Wildcats, not just because they were the big men on the Main Line campus, but because of their increased visibility as the reigning NCAA national champions. Hart can’t blame Jenkins