From left to right, West Virginia's Juwan State, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet and Kentucky's Andrew Harrison.
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Kentucky's Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison and Wichita State's Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet stand out on's list of the top 20 guards in college basketball.

By Brian Hamilton
September 11, 2014

The difference between a point guard and a shooting guard in college basketball varies from roster to roster and system to system. For every dedicated distributor or spot-up shooter, there are backcourt members who combine scoring and playmaking duties and blur conventional position-to-position distinctions. Doesn’t Yogi Ferrell look to create for himself as well as his Indiana teammates? Isn’t Fred VanVleet just as clutch as a shot-maker for Wichita State as he is steady as a floor leader?

With that in mind, as we did with our preseason look at the best bigs and wings for college basketball in 2014-15, we’re including on our list of the nation's top 20 guards those who have or will play either backcourt position. That list features a reigning NCAA champion, an explosive dunk artist who is merely 6 feet tall, three Wildcats between two teams and a pair of Shockers. (How those players project to the NBA was not a consideration.)

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