Monday, October 22, 2012

CBSSports Names Isaiah Canaan Best Point Guard in Nation has ranked the top 50 point guards in college basketball for 2012-13.

Murray State star Isaiah Canaan ranks No. 1 on the list. He is followed by Missouri's Phil Pressey and Michigan's Trey Burke.

Louisville's Peyton Siva comes in at No. 9 on the list. Kentucky's Ryan Harrow is No. 19.

Here are some excerpts:

1. Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Is he a point or a two-guard? We're not quite sure, but he's just one heck of a guard. He can really shoot the ball, he makes shots with the game on the line -- and he leads his team to victories. That's enough for us to have him atop this list. -- Jeff Goodman

2. Phil Pressey, Missouri He's the straw that stirs the drink, the engine that makes Mizzou go. He did it last year and he'll do it again this season with a different cast in Columbia. Pressey is the consummate point guard. -- J.G.

3. Trey Burke, Michigan Burke wisely returned to school because he could've easily slipped into the second round of the NBA Draft. That wouldn't have been good. But leading Michigan to a possible Final Four this season will be really, really good. -- Gary Parrish

4. Aaron Craft, Ohio State He may not score the ball like some others on this list, but he's the best perimeter defender among this group, he leads, competes every possession and also makes his teammates better. -- J.G.

5. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Is he a natural point guard? Probably not, but Smart is a born winner, is willing to do anything to help his team win, and is a top-notch leader. Sounds enough like a point guard to qualify. -- Jeff Borzello

9. Peyton Siva, Louisville Siva has never established himself as a star but he has moments when he looks like one. If he looks like one this season consistently, Rick Pitino might get another national title. -- G.P.

19. Ryan Harrow, Kentucky He's not Derrick Rose or Tyreke Evans or John Wall or Brandon Knight, and I don't even think he's Marquis Teague. But Harrow is still good enough to help UK repeat. -- G.P.

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