A reader asked Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com to compare Kentucky-bound Marquis Teague and Kyrie Irving, the best injured point guard in all of college basketball. Meyer’s response gives Kentucky fans a lot to look forward to next season. (Not that we aren’t excited enough already.)
Both players are elite point guard prospects. They are similar in that they are high-level ball handlers who are extremely elusive with the basketball. They are both adept at making plays off the dribble. They are dangerous defenders with their anticipatory skills and quick hands and feet.
There are slight differences between the two. I’d give Irving the edge as a scorer off the dribble. Teague has an edge as being a little more of an explosive athlete. Irving has an edge in terms of intangibles and leadership skills. Teague is a little quicker. In fact, Teague might be the quickest player side to side with the basketball that I’ve ever scouted.
In general, Irving is the more polished and refined of the two players. Teague, however, is the more explosively athletic player.
The quickest player with the basketball? That sounds familiar.
Go future Cats.