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October 28, 2008
Smith ranked as NCAA's best swingman
You don't have to go far to find good players who operate on the wings in college basketball.
Rivals.com's top 10 swingmen come from seven conferences – the ACC, Big East, SEC and the Pac-10 along with Conference USA, the Mountain West and the Ohio Valley.
The Mountain West produced two selections – BYU's Lee Cummard and UNLV's Wink Adams – to tie for the most with the ACC (Miami's Jack McClinton and North Carolina's Wayne Ellington) and the Big East (Marquette's Jerel McNeal and Louisville's Terrence Williams). Cummard and Adams were voted the MWC's preseason co-players of the year.
Rivals.com will put out lists of the top 25 shooting guards and top 25 small forwards separately in November when it releases its complete preseason Power Rankings.
Rivals.com's Top 10 2008-09 Swingmen
1. Tyler Smith, Tennessee, Jr., 6-7/215
2. James Harden, Arizona State, Soph., 6-5/218
3. Lee Cummard, BYU, Sr., 6-7/190
4. Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin, Sr., 6-2/190
5. Jerel McNeal, Marquette, Sr., 6-3/200
6. Jack McClinton, Miami, Sr., 6-1/185
7. Terrence Williams, Louisville, Sr., 6-6/215
8. Robert Vaden, UAB, Sr., 6-5/205
9. Wayne Ellington, North Carolina, Jr., 6-4/190
10. Wink Adams, UNLV, Sr., 6-0/200
Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.