Perhaps the two names atop Athlon Sports’ list of point guards and floor leaders for the 2013-14 season says something about how the year will transpire.
Oklahoma State and Arizona State are not likely candidates to have the nation’s best point guards, but Marcus Smart and Jahii Carson are not your average sophomores. And the best part about these two names is that both guards are drastically different. Smart is a 6-4 guard who can rebound while Carson is a 5-10 speedster.
The first blue blood program on the list is Kentucky with Andrew Harrison, who follows in the footsteps of other one-and-done point guards to play for John Calipari. He should improve a position that was a major liability in Kentucky’s failed bid to defend its national title in the NCAA Tournament.
Our list of the nation’s best point guards is the first in a series of superlatives to prepare you for the 2013-14 season. Each list and more can be found in the the Athlon Sports College Basketball 2013-14 Preseason Annual. The magazine hits newsstands this week with previews for every team in every conference, plus exclusive Q&As with Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Louisville’s Russ Smith and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson.
2013-14 Superlatives: Top Floor Leaders
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Chaz Williams, UMass
More point guard superlatives
Freshman to watch: Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington
Transfer to watch: T.J. McConnell, Arizona (from Duquesne)
Seventh-year seniors: Grant Gibbs, Creighton, and Jake Odum, Indiana State
Returning from injury: Tim Frazier, Penn State
Mid-major star: Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Best you don’t know yet: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette