Teague Has Next

INDIANAPOLIS -- John Calipari has had success with point guards and with Marquis Teague, the nation's top lead guard, headed his way next year we don't expect that to change.

The line of point guards to play for John Calipari the past couple years is impressive. A list that has been well documented includes NBA stars like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and now John Wall.

Currently Calipari is coaching a future first round pick and former top 5 high school player Brandon Knight. But next year Kentucky will hand the ball to 2011 signee Marquis Teague.

The brother of NBA guard Jeff Teague, Marquis is known as the nation's top lead guard. He has the size, speed and athleticism to make plays his peers can't.

Throw in his vision, passing and ability to slice through the lane and score and there's some distance between Teague and the rest of the class.

Barring a rule change or injury, Teague is on the fast track to the NBA, and that's precisely why he opted for the Wildcats.

"It helped a lot," he said "I saw what he did with [John Wall]. He knows how to coach good guards and he knows what it takes to get them to the next level. Why wouldn't you want to play for the best coach for point guards?"

Prior to making his final collegiate decision, Teague opted to talk to Wall and Knight to gauge their opinion of Calipari and how he handles point guards.

"When I was up there I talked to John Wall and Brandon Knight," Teague said. "They told me he lets you have a lot of freedom, make a lot of decisions and just be a playmaker."

"I'm a point guard," he added. "That's my biggest thing. I wanted to play for a coach that would allow me to play my game and wouldn't hold me back."

Calipari will certainly let him play his game.

He let Wall play to the tune of 16.6 points and 6.5 assists a game. This year Knight is pumping in 17.7 points and 4.1 assists per outing. Is there any doubt Teague will put up similar numbers?

"I think that's going to be fun," Teague said. "We are going to give some people some trouble in the SEC. We are going to have fun with that."

If history has anything to do with it, giving others in the SEC and across the country trouble – at least at the point guard spot – is expected.

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