With March Madness just around the corner, I wanted to put together some videos showing my favorite college prospects to watch during the NCAA tournament who I believe could be of interest to the Phoenix Suns in the up-coming draft.
This first video is about the five point guards who I believe could be realistic options for the Phoenix Suns in the coming draft. I will also be making two more videos shortly, one for wings and the other for big men as well.
The official selection of the 68 teams who made it into the NCAA tournament hadn't occurred yet at the time I made this video, and both Tony Wroten of the Washington Huskies and Damian Lillard of Weber State did not make the cut. However, the other three point guards in this video (Kendall Marshall, Tyshawn Taylor, and Scott Machado) will all be playing in the NCAA tournament starting this week, and they are all players that I believe could help the Suns if they chose to draft them in either the first or second round.
Read on after the jump to view the video...
With the draft still months away it's impossible to know exactly what direction the Suns will choose to go regarding the players they may be interested in. Still, I wanted to identify some of my personal favorite point guards in college this season that the Suns could pick either in the first or second round, depending on their needs.
I tried to make the video as informative as possible so that even if you aren't an avid fan of college basketball you could still learn about these players. If you are a fan of college basketball then you are probably familiar with most of these players. However, some of these players are from smaller schools that don't get much coverage, so who knows, you still may learn a thing or two.
Take a look at the video below and let me know what you think!
A bit off topic, but here's our pitch to Peyton Manning which does include input from Grant Hill and Jared Dudley.
Here's more video that's uncut with Grant and JD along with Coach Gentry.
Jared Dudley led the Suns with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Steve Nash dished out 15 assists and Marcin Gortat celebrated Polish Heritage Day with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Tonight the hero though was the Suns bench and the sum of the total defensive parts that held the Grizzlies to 42% shooting and won the rebounding war 52-35.
The Grizzlies jumped out to a 12-4 lead off of 2 Nash turnovers and 3 Suns missed shots. A 10-4 Suns run made it a 2 point game. The Suns finished the quarter with 5 turnovers which led to 8 Grizzly points.
The Grizzlies began the second on a 10-2 run as the Suns second unit missed shots and turned the ball over for a 39-28 lead. After a Suns timeout, Markieff Morris, (0-3, -8, 1 TO and 2 fouls) was replaced by Channing Frye while Michael Redd (0-2, 1 TO, -8) was replaced by Jared Dudley. At 4.56 left Nash and Gortat returned to key a 6-0 Suns run reducing the Grizz lead to 4. Four consecutive buckets by Jared Dudley including a 3 tied the ballgame up at 51. A Robin Lopez bucket put the Suns up at the half 53-51.
In the 3rd quarter, it took the Suns exactly 52 seconds to commit their first turnover. After 3 more, the Grizzlies regained the lead on a Mike Conley jumper. ENTER THE WARMACHINE...Hakim Warrick hit two free throws only. But the Suns went on an 8-2 run punctuated by a Jared Dudley layup off a Shannon Brown feed to recapture the lead 77-72. Steve Nash hit a wide open 3, and the Suns increased their lead to 7 , 80-73.
In the 4th, a Suns lineup of Brown-Telfair-Dudley-Lopez-Warrick held down the fort for 4+ minutes until Grant Hill re-entered the game at the 8.47 mark. Phoenix reeled of 6 straight to take a 91-81 lead with 6 minutes left.
"That one felt good...What made me happiest is I think we are doing it on the defensive end. our offense has been OK but I think most of the things that are happening and coming up offensively is because of what we are doing defensively."
"We've definitely started to play some better basketball. We have a lot of support from the bench right now. Every game someone's coming in and helping us a lot. Today was definitely Robin who came in and did a tremendous job. Obviously Hakim brought a lot of energy and execution and offense also..."
(On starting slow and then getting hot in a game) "...that's how it is in this league when you're playing well and you're hitting shots your teammates start to look for you and I do that for my teammates..."
(On the team's play first half of the season vs second half) "it was weird from the chemistry when it comes to playcalling, I think we ran pick n' rolls all the time, defensively we put in a whole new defensive scheme, how we guard the pick n' roll to how we guard the post-up, so that takes time. We changed starting lineups then we changed back, trying to integrate Channing, then we signed Michael Redd...all that stuff takes time, it's now starting to click and we have a rotation...defensive principles, basically we're starting to master that, so it's good..."