NBA Draft 2011: Nolan Smith and The Top 15 Shooting Guard Prospects

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NBA Draft 2011: Nolan Smith and The Top 15 Shooting Guard Prospects
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As we enter the closing stretch of the college basketball season, many are starting to turn an eye towards the top standouts in the game for their March Madness picks.  Usually, it’s time for the top swingmen in the country to come alive and put up points, but this year is unusual in that there aren’t that many great true shooting guards in the draft this year. 

The majority of the prospects in 2011 are either combo guards who are predominantly SG, or SG/SF who are too small to play at the forward spot.  For example, while Duke’s Nolan Smith has come alive at PG in relief of the injured Kyrie Irving, he projects as an NBA shooting guard and has emerged as a legit scorer.  Unfortunately, the position doesn’t feature much depth and it’s the draft’s weakest position with a real drop-off from the top five players to the rest available.

That said, presents “Nolan Smith and The Top 15 Shooting Guard Prospects. 

Note: On most players, you can click their name or school to take you to a more detailed profile for a more extensive scouting report on the respective prospect.

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