The SEC could very well be one of the best conferences in all of college basketball in 2012-13. This is kind of hard to believe, considering there is the Big East, ACC and Big Ten and all, but it is true and it all starts with the guards in this conference.
To help get ready for the season, let’s take a look at the top-five guards in SEC basketball this year.
5. Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss-Summers had quite the freshman season with Ole Miss, with 10.4 points per game and 3.4 assists per game. He also managed to make 43.6 percent of his threes, which led all freshman, in the SEC that is. However, Summers really came along towards the end of the season, scoring 10 points or more in his last five games (14.2 PPG).
4. Bruce Ellington, South Carolina-Ellington had a disappointing second season with the Gamecocks, with his points per game and assists per game both dropping. However, with more playing time as the season progressed, Ellington’s number shot back up. In the last five games of the season, he put up 14.4 points per game. Keep in mind that Ellington is only 5’9”, which is obviously a huge disadvantage being a basketball player and all.
3. Trevor Releford, Alabama-Releford could very easily be the best point guard in the SEC, but he comes in at No. 3, thanks to the amount of depth at this position in the conference. After the top-two players getting kicked off of the Crimson Tide last season, Releford was asked to lead this team and led he did. If it weren’t for his great play after these two suspensions, there is no way that Alabama would have been dancing last season, however, JaMychal Green did rejoin the team and all. Alabama should have a pretty good team this season, but it will be counting on Releford once again to come up big.
2. Trae Golden, Tennessee-Golden averaged 13.6 points per game and 4.5 assists per game in 2011. Pretty impressive, considering that the Volunteers were supposed to be in rebuilding mode. However, the team played very well together once January hit. As a sophomore, Golden led the team in points and assists. Expect a huge year out of this point guard and the Volunteers. By huge I mean that Tennessee is good enough to win the conference.
1. Phil Pressey, Missouri-This is a no-brainer, considering that Pressey is one of the top guards in the nation. Although Missouri is losing its top-three scorers from last year’s team, Pressey and Michael Dixon will be back. Pressey was fifth on the team in scoring in 2011, but he still put up 10.3 points per game. Not to mention, he averaged 6.4 assists per game. Pressey will put up a lot more points on offense in the upcoming season, and his assists should not take a hit in any way.
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