By the time you read this, at the conclusion of the holiday basketball tournaments for 2010, you will have had an opportunity to evaluate what longtime recruiting analyst Bill "Flash" Flanagan reports is a good-but-not-great crop of point guards in Illinois.
"Point guards are the toughest thing to find, the true point guards, players like Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Jason Kidd," Flanagan said. "Scouts are looking for true point guards, pass-first type kids who are leaders and good distributors, the kind who make everybody else on the floor better than what they normally would be."
"AAU ball doesn't encourage the development of true point guards. It encourages scoring, not pass-first players, which is what a true point guard is. Too many kids think shot first. They think they can be scoring point guards. Only the truly great ones can do that, like Isiah Thomas. Most kids are never going to reach that level."