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October 18, 2007
Shooting guard position loaded with talent
Cast your vote: Who is the nation's best shooting guard?
The list of players who didn't make Rivals.com's top 10 shooting guards might be the best indication of just how strong and deep the position will be this season.
You won't find Butler's A.J. Graves, one of the top players in the mid-major ranks. Don't think Graves belongs with the college basketball's big boys? He averaged 24.7 points per game in victories over Notre Dame, Indiana, Gonzaga and Purdue last season.
You won't find the best player in the WAC, either. Nevada's Marcelus Kemp averaged 18.5 points in 2006-07 despite playing on a team with two NBA draft picks (Nick Fazekas and Ramon Sessions). Kemp is a dominating player in the postseason, averaging 26.3 points in his past three NCAA Tournament games.
Washington State senior Derrick Low and North Carolina's promising sophomore Wayne Ellington were good enough to earn spots on the American team that competed in the Pan American Games this past summer, but they didn't make the cut either. Low started four of five games.
So, who did make it? A diverse and decorated group. Seven conferences are represented, and only two had multiple selections. The SEC leads the way with three picks, followed by the Big Ten with two.