In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, College Basketball Talk's Scott Phillips and Bulls Talk contributor Mark Strotman are analyzing the top 5 players at each position.
Today the pair look at shooting guards. It's arguably the weakest position in this year's class, with no real standout performer who can play both guard positions in addition to his ability to shoot. Still, there's shooting aplenty at the position, and the consensus top three players at the position all are 19 years young.
Here's a look at who Phillips and Strotman both rank in the top 5 of this year's shooting guard group.
1. Mario Hezonja, Barcelona: Playing some of the best competition in the world outside of the NBA, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound Hezonja has all of the tools to be a high-level shooting guard. His jumper is workable but a bit inconsistent and he's very athletic as well.
2. Devin Booker, Kentucky: Playing on a loaded Kentucky team that sent seven players to the NBA Draft, Booker was at-times the go-to scorer for the Wildcats this season. His ability to shoot (41 percent 3-point) and score off the dribble should help NBA teams immediately.
3. Rashad Vaughn, UNLV: Vaughn had an incomplete freshman season at UNLV thanks to a knee injury, but he's a potential two-way guard who can put up points if he's given plenty of shots. With an ability to shoot or attack the basket, Vaughn could be a solid scorer in this league with some refined skillwork.
4. R.J. Hunter, Georgia State: Many label Hunter as a good shooter -- although his 29 percent from 3-point range doesn't show it. But the Georgia State product is a good floor spacer who is also great at sharing the ball and he's very long with a 6-foot-10 wingspan.
5. J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina: The North Carolina product struggled with his jumper during college, but he's an elite athlete and a very good passer for a guard. With his ability to move laterally and leap, Tokoto could become a good defender in the right system.
1. Devin Booker, Kentucky: The youngest player in this year's draft, Booker is a sharpshooter with plenty of upside. If he can improve defensively he could wind up being one of the top three players in his class.
2. Mario Hezonja, Barcelona: From the little I've seen, Hezonja is going to thrive in an up-tempo system where his versatility can be utilized best. His jump shooting will improve over time, as will his 200-pound frame. A top-10 talent.
3. R.J. Hunter, Georgia State: Hunter is known for his clutch 3-pointer in the NCAA Tournament, but he's much more of a playmaker who will provide a nice scoring touch on a team's second unit.
4. Rashad Vaughn, UNLV: A talented pure scorer and just 19 years old, Vaughn has elite two-way potential. His body is NBA-ready, but he'll need to be a better decision maker at the next level.
5. J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina: The best defensive prospect at his position, Tokoto could wind up being a defensive stopper on a team's second unit. If his jumper ever improves, he could be the steal of the draft.