BERKELEY -- There are three ways that Cuonzo Martin can go in, for who will be his starting point guard.
He could insert 6-foot-6 Tyrone Wallace at the point, if he wants a shoot-first guard with a tendency to be a streaky shooter, but with tremendous athleticism and length to make things happen both outside and inside. He could play freshman Brandon Chauca, who lacks size, but is deadly from three-point range and is a pure point. The direction he will likely go, however, is sophomore Sam Singer.
Singer was at a bit of a disadvantage last season, playing behind veteran point guard Justin Cobbs. If he made a mistake -- however small -- more often than not, then-head coach Mike Montgomery would pull him in favor of the older hand. Singer played in 32 of 35 games, but only averaged 9.4 minutes per contest.
Singer did, however, show flashes of being a very effective Pac-12 point. He didn't really get to shoot the ball that much -- he went 15-for-41 -- but in practice, he's shown that he has good range and is very consistent from beyond the arc. He can finish with both hands, isn't afraid to go to the hole in traffic and while he's not the shooter that Chauca is, and he doesn't quite have the length of Wallace, standing at 6-foot-4, he's very strong, has a sure handle and combines the best aspects of both of the other contenders.
Wallace is just more effective off the ball, while Singer has shown an ability to run the break and get the ball out well in transition, as well as a knack for finding the right pass at the right time. He's what this offense needs: A steadying hand. That's not to say there won't be some bumps in the road, as it would be his first year starting -- in a new offense, to boot -- but in this reporter's opinion, the starting point guard spot is Singer's to lose.