ANALYSIS: Lowry is a fearless point guard who spearheaded the four-guard attack which Villanova often used en route to a berth in the Elite Eight last season. A pure distributor, Lowry would be a pass-first point guard in the pros, but, with one of the quickest first steps in college basketball in his two seasons at Villanova, he has the requisite speed and moves to break down his defender. No one can question Lowry's heart on the court. He seemingly finds himself in the middle of every loose ball situation, either diving out of bounds or on to the floor. Defensively, he was a magnet for steals, grabbing a Big East high 2.3 per game. Pound for pound he was one of the top rebounders in the country, pulling down 4.3 per game in the rugged Big East despite standing only 6-feet. Lowry was once a lightning rod for his fiery competitive nature, but he matured quickly and was often a leading on-court influence for Villanova, even on a senior-laden team. On the offensive side of the ball is where pro teams should be concerned. Lowry is a pure slasher who only appeared comfortable extending his jump shot to the free-throw line. Lowry attempted a mere 18 three-point shots all of last season, down from 24 his freshman year. Though he often did not need to shoot from beyond the arc, he rarely tested other defenders to keep them honest. At this stage of his career, any attempts from behind the NBA arc would likely be buzzer beaters. Defenders figure to sag off of Lowry to negate his quickness, and, should he get by his man, the defensive help in the interior will be far stronger than what he was used to at the collegiate level. Early projections seem to have Lowry as a middle-to-late first round pick, and he took a long time to make his decision. He has not hired an agent, and it would not be unexpected if he decided to return to Villanova for one more season to further develop his leadership and outside shot.