CBT's top 20 off-guards
20. Nick Johnson, Arizona
Johnson was a highly-regarded recruit that hasn't quite lived up to his hype just yet. Arizona will need him to be an effective perimeter scorer.
19. Geron Johnson, Memphis
Johnson was a risky addition for Pastner, but he's a talented athelete and a tenacious defender.
18. Keith Frazier, SMU
The McDonald’s all-american will be SMU’s go-to scorer this season.
17. Danuel House, Houston
The former top 25 recruit averaged 12.4 points as a freshman and will take over a bigger role with Joseph Young gone this year.
16. Travis Bader, Oakland
Bader may be the only guy that can get up as many three's in a game as Marshall Henderson. He's 101 away from J.J Redick's career record.
15. Jordan Adams, UCLA
With all the hype surrounding Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson, not many people noticed the outstanding season Adams had.
14. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
We love Marshall. He's entertaining and loves to shoot. But there's more to basketball than being a gunner that averages 20.1 points.
13. C.J. Wilcox, Washington
He doesn't get much publicity playing for a mediocre Washington team, but Wilcox can flat-out score.
12. Wayne Selden, Kansas
Selden is a big, physical guard that attacks the rim. The freshman will be a perfect compliment to Andrew Wiggins on the wing.
11. Nik Stauska, Michigan
One of the nation's most lethal shooters, expect Staukas to showcase his athleticism and driving ability more this year.
10. Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
For all the hype that Marcus Smart gets, there were plenty of times last season where Brown carried the Pokes. The 15.3 points he averaged went a long way towards proving he's more than just a dunker.
9. Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
The unheralded Harrison, Aaron has been drawing rave reviews from people that have watched Kentucky practice and play early on this season. His ability to shoot from the perimeter will be key to providing space inside for Kentucky's massive front line.
8. Jordan McRae, Tennessee
McRae is the leading scorer and the No. 1 perimeter threat for a Tennessee team that should be the third best team in the SEC. The senior averaged 15.7 points a season ago.
7. P.J. Hairston, North Carolina
It's unclear when we will actually see Hairston take the court this season, but what's undeniable is that the junior is a major talent. We're going to go ahead and assume that whatever punishment he receives is minimal enough that it won't hurt his season.
6. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
The biggest issue with Kilpatrick heading into this season isn't his ability to score; he averaged 17.0 points as a junior. It's that he may not have much help in that department with this Cincy roster.
5. Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke
Due to the fact that he will be playing on a team that has plenty of perimeter depth and two other potential lottery picks (Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood), Sulaimon may not put up huge numbers this season. But don't sleep on his talent.
4. Joe Harris, Virginia
Harris is the most underrated players in the ACC, having averaged 16.3 points as a junior for a Virginia team that played at as slow of a pace as anyone in the county. At 6-foot-6, Harris' shooting ability makes him a nightmare to defend.
3. Tyler Haws, BYU
Haws came off of a two-year Mormon mission without missing a beat, averaging 21.7 points as a sophomore. The Cougars aren't going to slow down their pace of play at all this season, so it should be fun to see what Haws can do with an offseason to work on more than just getting back into shape. He's the best player in the country at moving without the ball.
2. Gary Harris, Michigan State
We've written about it all summer long: the nation has yet to see the "real" Garry Harris, as he was a shell of himself as a freshman while battling a shoulder injury. Harris is more explosive than he gets credit for and could end up being the best player on title-contending Michigan State this season.
1. Russ Smith, Louisville
Smith went from a wildly entertaining, wildly inefficient player as a sophomore to a guy that won KenPom's Efficiency Player of the Year award as a junior. He's a perfect fit for the system that Rick Pitino employs. He's a terror as an on-ball defender and he's impossible to keep out of the lane or to stop in transition. When he plays with a modicum of shot selection, he's an all-American.