Early College Basketball 2012-13 Preview: The Nation's Top 10 Shooting Guards

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Early College Basketball 2012-13 Preview: The Nation's Top 10 Shooting Guards
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C.J. McCollum in the game that made him and his school famous.

For a shooting guard, the job description is right there in the name: shoot. Or, at the very least, find some way to score points.

There are talented guards all over college basketball, and many are better at getting to the basket than raining from the outside. Some are defensive specialists, assigned to make their opponents' lives miserable for 40 minutes. And some are, in fact, unconscious outside gunners.

The 10 players listed in this slideshow are the best proven producers at the position returning to college next season. Some freshmen will win more headlines than these men, and some may win more games.

Still, right now, these are 10 backcourt players with skills that already mandate the highlighting and underlining of their names in every opponent's scouting report.

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