College Basketball 2015: Power Ranking Top 10 Shooting Guards
2015 College Basketball
October 15, 2015
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I power ranked the top 10 point guards heading into the 2015 college basketball season, now it’s time to take a look at the top shooting guards in the country. Again, these are the guys who can make you some serious money this season.
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1. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma - Buddy Hield enters his senior season for the Sooners and is coming off a year in which he averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Hield is a leader, a playmaker and gives Oklahoma a good chance to win the Big 12 this season.
2. Ron Baker, Wichita State - It feels like Ron Baker has been with the Wichita State Shockers for a decade. Regardless, Baker is one of the better shooters in the country at his position and is coming off a season in which he averaged 14.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Baker has shot 38 percent or better from three the last two seasons.
3. Jamal Murray, Kentucky - Jamal Murray is already a star in Canada and comes onto the Kentucky campus as one of the top scoring options this season. Trust me, it won’t be long before Murray becomes a household name in college basketball.
4. Caris LeVert, Michigan - When healthy, Caris LeVert can ball with anybody in the country. LeVert has shot 40.5 percent or better from three in back-to-back seasons and averaged 14.9 points last season in limited games. LeVert gives the Michigan Wolverines a fighting chance in a very competitive Big Ten this season.
5. Malik Newman, Mississippi State - Malik Newman was a five-star recruit who signed with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Huh? Newman has the potential to lead the SEC in scoring, as he has a knack for getting to the rim and can shoot from long range. The Miss State Bulldogs could be a team that makes you some serious money this season thanks to Newman leading the way.
6. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown - D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is one of those players who seems to fly under the radar every season despite averaging more than 16 points and nearly three assists in back-to-back years. Smith-Rivera is a flat out gamer who plays well at both ends of the floor and is the heart and soul of the Georgetown Hoyas.
7. E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island - E.C. Matthews would be a household name if he played at a bigger school. Last season, Matthews averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and two assists. Matthews gets whatever he wants with a quick first step and is the type of player who can take over games whenever he feels like it.
8. Eron Harris, Michigan State - Remember Eron Harris? Harris averaged 17.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and 42.2 percent shooting from deep with West Virginia. After dealing with some off-the-court issues and transferring to Michigan State, Harris has a chance to really shine for the Spartans this season. Possibly the biggest impact transfer in the country right here.
9. Antonio Blakeney, LSU - Antonio Blakeney was a five-star recruit who turned down Kentucky to become his own man at LSU. Blakeney has tremendous upside, can score from anywhere on the court and rebounds well at 6’4”. Thanks to guys like Blakeney, the LSU Tigers will continue to give the rest of the SEC a run for its money.
10. Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State - Xavier Rathan-Mayes was one of the top players in the ACC last season and will now take that next step of being the leader of a good Florida State squad. Rathan-Mayes averaged 15 points and 4.3 assists as a freshman. If he can just trim his turnover down, Rathan-Mayes will be a nightmare for opposing defenses.