The future at point guard for Virginia basketball
Virginia signed five players for the Class of 2010, and not a single player is a point guard. When the class was put together, the Cavaliers were young at point guard with sophomore Sammy Zeglinski and freshman Jontel Evans.
However, Zeglinski has been used as a shooting guard more this season. Evans still has much work to do on his offense. Coach Tony Bennett's offense does not call for a pure point guard, as the point guard's primary role in his system is simply to bring the ball past half court. But recruit Joe Harris said Bennett wants more combo guards, and that he can play that role.
That said, anyone who watches college basketball realizes the value of a point guard. There is still time to add a player to next season's class if a current player transfers or leaves early. But if Virginia continues with what is currently on the roster, Zeglinski and Evans are the point guards for the 2010-11 season. (The Cavaliers appear to have the position a priority for the 2011 recruiting class.)
"That's something every coach looks at," Bennett said. "What's the saying? You can never have enough point guards. Hopefully those guys will improve, and hopefully we'll get some help from some of the other players coming in."
Bennett said at times, he's confident in the current group of point guards. At lother times, he feels there's much improvement from those players. Some of Virginia's current struggles stem from the lack of production from the point guard spot.
"That's an important spot as far as creating, maybe if you're struggling," Bennett said. "It doesn't necessarily have to be the point guard, but you need a guy who can create easier buckets for his teammates. That's important whether it's driving and drawing for people, getting some easy baskets, getting a nice bucket in transition. Just doing the little things. We've been playing Sammy at times as a combo, too, and I think Jontel knows he needs to go to work in a big way in the offseason in trying to tighten up his shot and become more of a threat. When that happens, that'll help."
February 23, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
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