If there is a common theme that unites the best wings in college basketball, it is potential. From Oklahoma State’s Le'Bryan Nash to San Diego State’s Winston Shepard to Michigan’s Caris LeVert, most of the players on the list below could develop into star players for their respective teams. That especially holds true for the freshmen. Among the newcomers, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson and Kansas’ Kelly Oubre could put up big scoring numbers right away.
With our previously stated intention to relax positional rigidity in the name of including the college game's best players, there’s a chance you might be scratching your head at some of the names below. A few could classify as guards in some contexts, others as big men. Still, all of them deserve to be recognized, even if they may not fit neatly into our categories. Without further delay, here are SI.com’s projected top 20 wing players in 2014-15.