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Top 5 Backcourts for Next Season

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Top 5 Backcourts for Next Season
Collin Gillespie #2 of the Villanova Wildcats. Rich Schultz/Getty Images/AFP

Backcourt play in college basketball is more crucial to a team’s success than ever with the way the game is played today. With the college basketball season approaching fast, we take a quick look at the top 5 backcourts for this upcoming season.

Villanova Is Stacked and Ready to Challenge

The recent success that the Villanova Wildcats have enjoyed this decade has been built around their solid guard play. Coach Jay Wright always gives his guards license to bomb away from deep and this year will be no different. They do have an added dimension with slashers like Bryan Antoine in the mix. The only player that left the program to try his chances in the NBA was Saddiq Bey so essentially, Villanova’s guard depth remains intact from what we saw last year with an added season of experience.

Primary ball-handling duties will fall to Collin Gillespie who had a fantastic season last year. He made Second Team All Big East a season ago and I fully expect him to make the first team this year. He is the clear leader of this Villanova team and a lot will be expected of him this season. BetOnline favors Villanova to win March Madness next year.

Kentucky Will Be Stacked as Usual

To say that the Kentucky Wildcats will be stacked at any position is like saying grass is green. It has to be said that last year, the Kentucky backcourt was not nearly as impressive as years past. That will not be the case this year with the arrivals of Terrence Clarke and BJ Boston. Both players are expected to be around for only one year which is the norm under Coach Cal anyway. With those two around to provide a scoring punch, while Devin Askew will be asked to manage the playmaking duties.

Kentucky will also see graduate transfer Davion Mintz from Creighton. Although Mintz is not the traditional John Calipari player, his veteran experience could be valuable to this roster. In terms of star power, BJ Boston might be the most likely name. Last season, Boston sort of played in the spotlight as a teammate of Bronny James at Sierra Canyon. Although Bronny got a lot of attention because of who he is, Boston was actually the best player on that team and the 5thΒ best player in the country. Kentucky is at +1200 NCAA Basketball odds to go all the way next season.

Baylor Will Continue to Improve

The Baylor basketball program has come a long way in recent years. The University has always been more of a football program than they are in Texas but basketball has made enough of a leap that they must be considered as a powerhouse. Last season, they had a real chance at a number one seed at the NCAA Tournament.

They were led by guards MaCio Teague, Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell. The trio of guards played on both ends of the floor, something that made facing Baylor a tough matchup for anyone in the country. Having three two way players is something very uncommon in the game and the three of them were basically double-digit scores as well (Mitchell averaged 9.9PPG). If Baylor wants to continue to challenge Kansas for Big 12 supremacy, they will need major contributions again from this trio of guards.

Oklahoma Have Signed the Best Guard in the Country

It was a big deal for the Oklahoma St Cowboys to sign the nation’s number one recruit. Cade Cunningham instantly makes this Oklahoma State backcourt one of the best in the country with his presence. He is a do it all guard who can be an equal parts scorer and playmaker. For the Cowboys, we should expect him to come in as a playmaker and gel with his teammates, several of them who he knows.

His strong connection to a few of the Cowboys was probably a deciding factor in Cunningham choosing Oklahoma St. Rondel Walker is a fantastic scoring threat and is a former AAU teammate of Cunningham’s as well, Oklahoma St fans will be hoping they bring some of that chemistry to town this coming season.

Arizona State Will Combine Veterans with Talented Freshman

Alonzo Verge Jr and Remy Martin will be back in an Arizona St uniform this coming season which is good news for fans of the program. The two combined for just under 34 points per game so they will be asked to do a lot of this team again this season as one would imagine. The SunDevils will also welcome Holland Woods who transferred from Portland State. That will provide coach Bobby Hurley with a lot of depth in the backcourt.

What makes Arizona St one of the top backcourts in the country is the addition of Josh Christopher. The highly recruited freshman is a major signing for Hurley’s program and both Martin and Verge should instantly benefit from Christopher’s presence. Christopher is a guard with the ability to play above the rim and can score from the outside as well. His presence will certainly elevate this Arizona St backcourt to new heights, making them a decent choice for NCAA Basketball picks.