NCAA: Ranking the Top 10 Shooting Guards In College Basketball in 2012-13; Will They Be NBA Draft Picks?
It's not the greatest year ever for Shooting Guards, but it's far from terrible. Scouts were dreading the 2013 class, but some potential stars have emerged, with 3-4 that could really make a difference once they make it to the NBA.
Ben McLemore - Kansas
The current favorite for the number one pick in the 2013 NBA draft, McLemore has been stellar in an underwhelming crop of shooting guards. Although he's lacking in ideal measurables, Ben makes up for it with his athleticism and the fact that he never seems to play short. A great scorer and finisher, Ben could be a huge boost for a team like the Bobcats.
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Watch his highlights to see part of why everyone is so high on the young man.
Shabazz Muhammad - UCLA
Sometimes it's hard to remember guys need time to develop. Muhammad is one of those cases where he'll take over a game and show you everything you want in your starting point guard, but then he'll have a dismal game and remind you he needs some seasoning. He still projects well to the NBA, but reminds me a little bit of a better Harrison Barnes coming out; I just don't know if I can consistently go to him late in games.
Victor Oladipo - Indiana
Oladipo is the anti-Muhammad. He shows up big in critical moments consistently and with his athleticism it's no wonder why he draws the MJ comparisons. He's a little undersized at 6'4", but the way he plays on defense doesn't show it. Superb timing on shot blocks and can stick to his man's hip.
C.J. McCollum - Lehigh
Being sidelined with the broken foot is going to hurt him, but too many people forget he was the nation's leading scorer before the injury. A great shooter and scorer, McCollum might have the Steph Curry dilemma of a PG/SG who is a natural two-guard, but needs to play point guard in the NBA. That's not such a terrible thing if you've been watching the Warriors this season.
Archie Goodwin - Kentucky
Tremendous body control to go with his long arms to make up for the 6'4" height. I like him better than most because his shooting stroke is refined and I like his effort on the defensive end. In the right system and some coaching he could be a steal late in the first round.
Markel Brown - Oklahoma State
This kid will jump out of the building with his quickness and athleticism. He's got a smooth jump shot to go along with that natural ability, but he's lacking in the other fundamentals of the game. He's undersized, which will hurt him, but it seems like every SG this year is. He might be one of the most exciting players to watch, but every once in a while you'll scratch your head when you watch him run the ISO.
Kentavious Caldwell - Georgia
Caldwell is one of those guys with such high potential, but just needs the right coaching staff to work out his kinks in his shot and get him comfortable doing the little things, especially the effort on defense. He's got decent size at 6'5" and I could see him end up as one of those San Antonio spurs steals at the end of the first round that turns into something.
B.J. Young - Arkansas
Streaky might be the best way to describe him. Young displays a willingness to be a leader on the team, but never quite reaches the full potential. He had a great year shooting last season, but hasn't quite matched it in 2013, and it's hard to pinpoint why.
Tim Hardaway Jr. - Michigan
He has the size and bloodlines you want, but I'm not sure where the upside is. I've never seen the consistent wow factor out of him, but what I do find in scouting Hardaway is a solid player who would be served as a backup SG in the league that can come in and give you 10 points a night with his jump shot and leadership. If only he was a little bit quicker to blow by defenders he's be much higher up this list.
Jamaal Franklin - San Diego State
Franklin is the type of player where you know what you're going to get. Teams are going to fall in love with his size and hope they can get his jump shot back to where it was his freshman year. You have to wonder if the added minutes have been the cause of his dreadful 26% from beyond the arc, but we'll see.