Out to make a point

College Basketball 2006

Acc Men

November 03, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Some Atlantic Coast Conference freshman point guards to watch this season:

Javaris Crittenton

Georgia Tech

Ranked the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2006 by Rivals.com. There are high expectations for this heralded five-star athlete. He is the only point guard on the Yellow Jackets' roster because Zam Fredrick transferred.

Eric Hayes

Maryland

The Terps lacked a true point guard last season, and Hayes, who finished his career at Potomac High in Virginia with 1,698 points, was recruited to fill that role.

Ty Lawson

North Carolina

This McDonald's All-American led Oak Hill Academy to a 42-1 record as a senior with averages of 23.8 points, 9.1 assists and 5.0 steals.

Nigel Munson

Virginia Tech

The Hokies' starting backcourt of Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon might be the best in the ACC, but coach Seth Greenberg knows they are averaging too many minutes (35) to sustain the up-tempo game he wants to play. Munson, who led DeMatha to a 63-3 record his final two seasons, will provide relief.

Ishmael Smith

Wake Forest

A lanky but quick true point guard who averaged 24.8 points and 9.8 assists as a senior in Concord, N.C., he faces the daunting task of running the Demon Deacons' offense.

Heather A. Dinich

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