ACC: Ranking the Top 7 Shooting Guards

Vaughn JohnsonCorrespondent IIFebruary 21, 2012

ACC: Ranking the Top 7 Shooting Guards

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    Who's the cream of the shooting guard crop in the Atlantic Coast Conference?

    The ACC usually has a wealth of talent—this season is no different.

    At shooting guard specifically, the talent is pretty deep.

    Austin Rivers has lit it up in his first (and maybe only) season at Duke, but there some other guys fighting with him to be the best 2-guard in the conference.

    Let me make this clear: Dexter Strickland probably would have been on my list, but his ACL injury has taken him off.

No. 7: Glenn Rice Jr. (Georgia Tech)

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    Glenn Rice Jr. probably would have been higher on this list, but his recent suspension put him low on this list.

    When Rice did play, he was more than efficient for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

    Despite missing GT's Feb. 18 game, Rice is 14th in the ACC in scoring, averaging 13 points per game.

    His versatility is what makes him so dynamic as he can play small forward and be just as successful.

    Rice also averages almost seven rebounds per game.

    Like I said, Rice would have probably been higher on this list, but his indefinite suspension hurt him here.

    We simply don't know when he will allowed to play again. Unlike Strickland, who we know isn't going to play the rest of this season, Rice could eventually come back for the Yellow Jackets.

No. 6: Joe Harris (Virginia)

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    In a season or two, Virginia's Joe Harris could be the best shooting guard in the ACC.

    Harris has helped take some of the pressure off Mike Scott, who is having a great season in his own right.

    The combination of Harris and Scott have lifted the Cavs to their first 20-win season since 2006-07.

    Harris has struggled to score lately putting up a combined 16 points in his last three games. That has dropped his average to 11.8 per game.

    The main thing keeping him low on this list is his inconsistency at certain points.

    Harris can have a solid 14-point outing one night and the next night scored only three.

    Consistency will come with experience though.

No. 5: Dorenzo Hudson (Virginia Tech)

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    Dorenzo Hudson is more than just his big shot against Georgia Tech. He's one of the better shooting guards in the ACC.

    He can be inconsistent at times, but when he's on, he's on.

    Hudson has had a game this season where he scored 31 points, but during the game where hit the game-winning shot, he only scored five.

No. 4: Durand Scott (Miami (Fla.))

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    Durand Scott may not play at a basketball powerhouse at Miami, but he has still put together a solid season for a solid Miami team.

    Scott is narrowly the Hurricanes' leading scorer at 12.9 per game, but also rebounds and assists pretty well for a shooting guard.

    He averages five rebounds per game and 3.4 assists.

    He's an efficient shooter as well, hitting 44 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

    In his last five games, Scott has scored has reached double figures in four of them, including 18 in his most recent outing against Wake Forest on Feb. 18.

No. 3: Michael Snaer (Florida State)

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    Another guy that has hit a game-winner within the last week is Florida State's Michael Snaer.

    Snaer is already an elite player in the ACC, and if he stays for his senior season he could be even better. He's FSU's leading scorer and 12th in the ACC.

    He doesn't do a whole lot else, but if you need a bucket, Snaer is the guy you want to get the ball to.

No. 2: Austin Rivers (Duke)

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    I know I may catch some heat for this one, but Austin Rivers is the second-best shooting guard in the ACC.

    Rivers came into this season with a load of hype and has lived up to it so far this season.

    He has all of the tools. He can create his shot, spot-up and shoot and possesses the intangibles that that teams need from their leading scorers come tournament time.

    He plays beyond his years and is the most NBA-ready player Duke has had in four or five years.

    His numbers speak for themselves. He's eighth in the ACC in scoring (16 per game), ninth in field goal percentage (44 percent), and plays 32 minutes per game as a freshman.

No. 1 Terrell Stoglin (Maryland)

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    Maryland may not be the best team in the ACC, but they have, in my humble opinion, the best shooting guard in the conference in Terrell Stoglin.

    Stoglin is purely a scoring machine.

    The Terps have played 26 games this season. Stoglin has scored double figures in 25 of them.

    He's scored less than 20 points in only eight games.

    He's the ACC's top scorer and is eighth in nation.

    If Stoglin played for a better team, he would be a candidate for Player of the Year, but he may have to settle for Player of the Year in the ACC.