Kentucky's Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison and Wichita State's Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet stand out on SI.com's list of the top 20 guards in college basketball.
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.)