Must be getting close to the start of basketball season, since every website is coming out with their Top 10 and Top 20 lists.
Today Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports ranks who he thinks are the top 20 backcourts in the country. Four Big 12 teams make the cut… and I bet you can guess who they are.
Backcourt: Sherron Collins, Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningstar, Elijah Johnson
Analysis: Collins is one of the top point guards and Taylor may not put up eye-popping numbers, but he's extremely versatile. Morningstar gets the most out of his ability, and Johnson comes in with plenty of promise.
Backcourt: Willie Warren, Tommy Mason-Griffin, Tony Crocker
Analysis: Warren is an explosive scorer but will need to prove he can lead a team now that Blake Griffin is gone. Mason-Griffin, a freshman point guard who is physically ready to step in and make an impact, knows how to run a team and can also score when necessary.
Backcourt: J'Covan Brown, Avery Bradley, Justin Mason, Dogus Balbay, Jai Lucas
Analysis: The Longhorns have a ton of different pieces and options. Bradley, a freshman, can score in a variety of ways and is also a big-time defender while Brown, another freshman, hasn't gotten much pub, but he can score the ball and could be the key to the Longhorns' Final Four hopes. Mason is a jack-of-all trades guy, and both Balbay and Lucas bring different attributes to the table at the point guard spot.
Backcourt: J.T. Tiller, Zaire Taylor, Marcus Denmon
Analysis: These guys get on the list for their ability to play on both ends of the court. Both Tiller and Taylor are relentless defenders, and both should have a chance to expand their offensive games this season with the loss of DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons.