Position rankings: SEC Shooting Guards

1. Kenny Boynton, Sr., Florida. Boynton was a consensus top-10 recruit in the same class as John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and Renardo Sidney. He wasn't an instant performer like Wall or Cousins, but he was never a liability like Sidney either. He's just been a guy who was over-rated to begin with, but has developed very nicely in his time in Gainesville. And now with Erving Walker and Brad Beal gone, Boynton is the man in the backcourt. He's surrounded by loads of talent which will free him to do his thing. Last year he made half his twos and 41% of his threes. The guy can score.

2. Michael Dixon, Sr., Missouri. After starting 25 games in his first two seasons, Dixon spent all of last year coming off the bench and he still averaged 13.5 points per game. With the departure of five talented seniors, expect that Dixon will play a larger roll this year, running alongside a super point guard in Phil Pressey. Is there a team with a better pair of guards? Dixon "only" made 37% of his threes, to go along with 58% of his twos and 88% of his free throws. He's also a disruptive defender.

3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, So., Georgia. Caldwell-Pope really looked like a freshman for much of last season, but to be fair, he didn't have a lot of help around him, and a few times a game he would remind everyone why he was a consensus 5* recruit. His shot selection needs some work – he attempted 56% of his shots from beyond the arc despite only making 30% of them. With a year in the system and a year in the weight room, expect KCP to blossom as a sophomore. He's too talented not to.


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4. Archie Goodwin, Fr., Kentucky. Goodwin is known for being an extremely athletic guard who can finish around the rim. But in AAU play he showed that he can run the point as well. It's not that he'll have to, it's just that slashing, ball-handling guards are what run the dribble-drive offense. Goodwin isn't much of a shooter – he's not bad, he just needs work – but he doesn't need to be. Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer will be called on to score from the perimeter, while Goodwin should be a force in transition.

5. Keion Bell, Sr., Missouri. The 5th year senior sat out last season after transferring from Pepperdine. For the Waves he was about as high volume as they come – he used 36% of the possessions and took a third of the shots when he was on the floor. But he won't need to do that for Missouri, as they have scoring threats at every position. He'll likely be the sixth man, and his roll be will instant offense off the bench. His strength is getting to the line – he drew nearly 8 fouls per 40 minutes as a junior.