Tom Batters
Aaron Davis is one of three players with point guard experience for the Richwoods Knights.

A great point guard is the first ingredient most coaches covet if they expect success, especially in the guard-heavy Mid-State 6 Conference.

Richwoods coach Mike Ellis has not one, but three great point guards to lead his team this year, and, as always, his expectations are very high.

Senior Jontell Lindsay, junior Tylon Deal and junior Aaron Davis all have point guard experience.

Each player is getting plenty of looks from college coaches. Each one is capable of lighting up the scoreboard and carrying the team.

“They are all heady players who can do some good things with the basketball,” Ellis said. He said he will rarely use all three players at the same time, however. He prefers to use two of them together and balance the rest of the lineup with forwards.

“If we’re behind, I can see where it would be beneficial to have all three of them in the game,” he said. “But, mostly, I’d like to have two of them in the game. We have depth on our roster, so we can throw a number of players into the mix.”

Lindsay said he doesn’t mind sharing the point duties with Davis and Deal.

“We can take turns bringing the ball up the floor,” he said. “It gives us more options, and it will help us beat trap defenses.”

Davis, Deal and Lindsay are good defenders and they can shoot from long range, so, if one of them is not at the point, he can easily move over to the shooting guard spot.

“We’re going to run up and down the floor quickly,” Lindsay said. “When you play that style, it’s good to have a few players who can handle the ball and make things happen.”

See next week’s edition for a preview of the Richwoods, Peoria Notre Dame and Dunlap basketball teams.