After starting every game for the nationally ranked Tigers in 2011-12, point guard Phil Pressey will have his hands full with SEC backcourts. He will be matched up with Kentucky's Ryan Harrow, Arkansas' BJ Young, Florida's Kenny Boynton, and Trae Golden of Tennessee. But he should be up for the challenge as a budding offensive and defensive star; Pressey ranked 11th in the country in assists per game last season, posting a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio in the process and was a defensive hound- averaging 2.1 steals per game. His ability to control the flow of the game on both ends of the floor gave Pressey the 8th best plus-minus ranking in all of college basketball last season.
He isn't the most physically imposing NBA prospect in the field, standing tall, barely reaching 6'0" flat in shoes, with a 6'1" wingspan and weighing in around 160 pounds. But he has outstanding quickness and basketball fundamentals to be in the right place at the right time to create offense and defense for the Tigers. If he shows he can keep up his production with Missouri less two of the best shooting wings in Marcus Denmon and Kim English who have moved on, and can improve his own shooting from the perimeter, while adding some strength and finesse to finish inside, Pressey should move up quickly on draft boards in a relatively weak point guard draft for the second straight season.