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
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
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
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