Young, Sexton headline list of point guards in NBA draft

first_imgLATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced CONCERNS: Sexton is capable of hitting from outside, such as when he hit six 3-pointers against Auburn and had five other games with at least three made 3s. The trick now is becoming a more consistent threat after making just 34 percent (44 of 131) for the season.SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDERKentucky’s latest one-and-done talent wasn’t the Wildcats’ top recruit but thrived after becoming a full-time starter in January to make himself a possible lottery selection.STRENGTHS: He offers good size at the point after checking in at 6-6 at the combine with a nearly 7-foot wingspan. And he improved as the year went on, averaging 16.4 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds after becoming the starter. He also shot 40 percent from 3-point range on the year.CONCERNS: He’ll need to add bulk to a lean 180-pound frame to handle physical play both on the perimeter and driving to the rim.OTHERS TO WATCH:— JALEN BRUNSON: The Associated Press national player of the year doesn’t have eye-popping athleticism, but he’s a steady and efficient performer who led Villanova to a second NCAA title in three seasons. The junior is a potential first-round pick.— JEVON CARTER: West Virginia’s floor leader and two-time Big 12 defensive player of the year could sneak into the first round.— TREVON DUVAL: After one year at Duke, he is likely a second-round pick with good athleticism (third at the combine in max vertical leap at 41.5 inches) but a suspect outside shot (29 percent on 3s).— AARON HOLIDAY: The UCLA junior is a first-round prospect and seems next up after the trio at the top. He was the Pac-12′s leading scorer (20.3 points) while averaging 5.8 assists, though he’s a bit undersized (6-1, 187). MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ STRENGTHS: The 6-foot-2, 178-pound Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists while putting up his share of eye-popping numbers, including four 40-point games and a Division I record-tying 22 assists against Northwestern State. He ranked fourth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.69) and can score in bunches from anywhere, positioning him to thrive in the NBA’s free-flowing game.CONCERNS: All the offensive stats were often fairly empty down the stretch as Oklahoma lost 13 of 18 before squeaking into the NCAA Tournament for a first-round loss. Young wasn’t the most efficient scorer; he was in the top four nationally in both overall shots and 3-pointers attempted but the percentages weren’t great (.422 on field goals, .360 on 3s) while he also led the nation with 167 turnovers. He also had the smallest wingspan (6-3) of players at the combine and could stand to get stronger to handle physical pro defenders.COLLIN SEXTONSexton led Alabama back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.STRENGTHS: Athleticism — the 6-2, 183-pound freshman has plenty of it. He averaged 19.2 points while shooting nearly 45 percent, offering a quick first step and the aggressive edge needed to get to the rim. He had a solid floor game with 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. And while a similar height to Oklahoma’s Young, Sexton has a bigger wingspan (measuring a bit over 6-7 at the combine).ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup Young is expected to be the first point guard chosen Thursday, while Sexton could join him as a top-10 pick.Here’s a look at the top prospects:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTRAE YOUNGYoung’s scoring and playmaking ability drew comparisons to three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry. 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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)There’s little question about where to start when looking at the top point guard prospects in the NBA draft: Trae Young and Collin Sexton.Young was the national leader in both scoring and assists with the Sooners as a freshman, while Sexton provided an aggressive presence at the helm of the Crimson Tide’s attack in his only year at Alabama.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more