Among the persistent themes in 2006 struggles throughout the ACC was a paucity of reliable point guard play. This proved crippling for Georgia Tech, Maryland, and Wake Forest, programs recently accustomed to NCAA participation, as well as a limiting factor for several other teams.
The top two finishers during the regular season, Duke and North Carolina, did have good, if inconsistent, playmakers, Greg Paulus and Bobby Frasor, respectively.
Frasor can be expected to move to an off-guard spot, or at least develop into an all-around backcourt presence in the manner of former Tar Heels Steve Hale and Jeff Lebo.
Paulus is destined to run the Blue Devils.
The New Yorker showed considerable acumen in his ACC debut, leading the conference with 187 assists in 36 games. Paulus became the second Blue Devil after Bobby Hurley in 1992 and 1993 to pace the conference in assists, and the first freshman.
Since assists were initially reported leaguewide in 1973, when first-year players became eligible for varsity competition, only three other freshmen led the league in this category â Virginiaâs Jeff Jones in 1979, Georgia Techâs Kenny Anderson in 1990, and North Carolinaâs Ed Cota in 1997. Anderson and Cota led their squads to the Final Four.
Paulus also finished the 2006 season with 118 turnovers, tops in the ACC. As a general rule of thumb, a turnover is worth about 1.5 points to the opposition. Conversely, an assist is worth at least two points. A pass that produces a trip to the foul line for the recipient is not counted as an assist. Duke went to the line 905 times in 2006.
The 2005 ACC turnover leader was Raymond Felton of North Carolina, who had 129 in 36 games. He also had 249 assists, a ratio of 1.93 assists per ballhandling error.
|No.||Player, School||Per Game|
|118||Greg Paulus, Duke||3.28|
|111||Justin Gray, Wake Forest||3.36|
|104||Sean Singletary, Virginia||3.59|
|97||Zam Frederick, Georgia Tech||3.46|
|95||David Noel, North Carolina||3.06|
|94||D.J. Strawberry, Maryland||2.94|
|90||J.J. Redick, Duke||2.50|
|89||Craig Smith, Boston College||2.47|
|89||Shelden Williams, Duke||2.47|
|84||J.R. Reynolds, Virginia||2.80|
|83||Vernon Hamilton, Clemson||2.68|
|82||Alexander Johnson, Florida State||2.83|
|82||Reyshawn Terry, North Carolina||2.65|
Paulusâ turnover total was good, or rather bad, enough to finish seventh among those who have played under Mike Krzyzewski since 1980-81. His 3.28 turnovers per game was surpassed by 13 of Dukeâs 24 100-turnover men, and his ratio of assists to turnovers (1.58:1) tied for 11th among Krzyzewskiâs 100-turnover players.
Compared to previous freshmen who led the ACC in supportive passing, Paulus was last in his ratio of assists to turnovers. Anderson had 2.05 assists per turnover, Jones 1.94, and Cota 1.89.
The four Devils who had more turnovers in a season than Paulus did earn first team All-ACC honors â Bobby Hurley as a senior in 1993, when he had his fewest miscues; Jason Williams as both a sophomore and a junior in 2001 and 2002, years in which he surpassed Paulusâ TO total; and Christian Laettner, twice a first-teamer and once (1991) a producer of more turnovers than Paulus.
Only Quin Snyder and Jeff Capel among Kâs 100-TO crew failed to make at least second team All-ACC during their careers. And Snyder, who directed squads to the Final Four in 1988 and 1989, did post two of the five best A:TO ratios among Krzyzewskiâs most prolific producers of turnovers.
|TO/Games||Player, Season, Class||PerG||Assists||A:TO|
|166 in 38||Bobby Hurley, 1990, FR||4.37||288||1.73|
|154 in 39||Jason Williams, 2001, SO||3.95||237||1.54|
|151 in 39||Bobby Hurley, 1991, SO||3.87||289||1.91|
|139 in 34||Jason Williams, 2000, FR||4.09||220||1.58|
|131 in 35||Jason Williams, 2002, JR||3.74||187||1.43|
|121 in 39||Christian Laettner, 1991, JR||3.10||76||0.63|
|118 in 36||Greg Paulus, 2006, FR||3.28||187||1.58|
|116 in 35||Chrisian Laettner, 1992, SR||3.31||69||0.59|
|115 in 35||Danny Ferry, 1989, SR||3.29||166||1.44|
|114 in 34||Johnny Dawkins, 1984, SO||3.35||138||1.21|
|113 in 31||Jeff Capel, 1995, SO||3.65||126||1.12|
|112 in 33||Danny Ferry, 1987, SO||3.39||141||1.26|
|109 in 31||Bobby Hurley, 1992, JR||3.52||237||2.17|
|108 in 32||Bobby Hurley, 1993, SR||3.38||262||2.43|
|107 in 40||Johnny Dawkins, 1986, SR||2.68||129||1.21|
|104 in 37||Chris Duhon, 2004, SR||2.81||225||2.16|
|103 in 38||Christian Laettner, 1990, SO||2.71||84||0.82|
|103 in 36||Quin Snyder, 1989, SR||2.86||223||2.17|
|103 in 28||Johnny Dawkins, 1983, FR||3.68||134||1.30|
|102 in 39||William Avery, 1999, SO||2.62||196||1.92|
|102 in 34||Grant Hill, 1994, SR||3.00||176||1.73|
|101 in 34||Tommy Amaker, 1984, FR||2.97||163||1.61|
|100 in 35||Danny Ferry, 1988, JR||2.86||139||1.39|
|100 in 35||Quin Snyder, 1988, JR||2.86||198||1.98|
Top A:TO Among Duke Season Turnover Leaders Since 1981
|2.43||Bobby Hurley, 1993|
|2.17||Bobby Hurley, 1992|
|2.17||Quin Snyder, 1989|
|2.16||Chris Duhon, 2004|
|1.98||Quin Snyder, 1988|
|1.92||William Avery, 1999|
|1.91||Bobby Hurley, 1991|