It's impossible to come up with a perfect formula to let people know for a fact who the best point guard in the land is, but for the most part the rankings have Raymond Felton and Anthony Roberson as the top point guards this year.
Today they finally matched up.
Felton and Roberson didn't play in the 1st quarter of the game and it was an 11-point deficit for Felton's team when he stepped on the floor. From the get go it was obvious that this wasn't going to be just another game for the two stars. They both knew that everybody was watching to see who would get the best of the other and in the end, Felton won the head-to-head matchup, but Roberson's team won the game.
Felton and Roberson covered each other for the three quarters they played and it was clear that Felton played much better on-the-ball defense. He held Roberson to 6-16 shooting before the 4th quarter when Roberson made three layups on leak outs and his lone three of the game.
Roberson finished with 22 points on 10-20 shooting, 1-6 from 3's and zero boards or assists.
Felton penetrated at will against Roberson, and finished well around the hoop. His 3-point shot has been consistent at the camp and it continued today. There wasn't a category that Raymond didn't win, except for steals.
Felton finished with 26 points on 12-22 shooting and 3-7 from 3's. He had 2 boards, 3 assists and pushed his team to the brink of victory, but couldn't quite pull it out in the end.
Felton's team won his pool and played in the Gold Medal division quarterfinals Tuesday night against Jason Fraser's team. Felton's team won by 7, but neither Felton nor Fraser played exceptional. Raymond finished with 7 points on 3-6 shooting and 1-4 on 3's. Fraser finished with 2 points on 1-5 shooting and had 10 boards.
Felton's team plays Lenny Cooke's team in the semifinals of the Gold Medal division Wednesday morning.
The main matchup of the afternoon that had everybody raving was the matchup of arguably the top rising senior and the top rising junior in the country, Cooke and Lebron James, respectively.
Cooke had shown all week that he's probably the best player at the camp and came out to play every game. James on the other hand, played hard the first game, showed all of the onlookers that he was for real and proceeded to have 2 straight mediocre games. There was a vast lack of enthusiasm and motivation for James during that stretch.
That all changed on Tuesday.
James came out with something to prove and that he did. Not only did he get the best of Cooke, but with the exception of one showboating one-on-one move by Cooke for a pull-up jumper, James simply dominated.
James controlled the game offensively and held Cooke to his poorest performance at the camp. James finished with 24 points on 9-14 shooting and 2-5 3's. He also had 5 boards, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Cooke finished with 9 points on 4-10 shooting and 0-1 on 3's.
To top everything off, James hit a running jumper from beyond the arc at the buzzer to win the game. His team won by 2.
We probably won't see this matchup again until the NBA.