Best shooting guards in the Big 12

When most people think about shooting guards, they think about athletes who are in range once they step foot in the gym.

Assasins from downtown can quickly take a game over and seal a victory for their team, but shooting guards don't just pitch a tent in the corner and wait for the ball anymore.

With the NBA showcasing that a position on the floor doesn't limit an athlete to a particular role, the NCAA is starting to play that way as well.

Look at Iowa State, for example. The five, Georges Niang, often brought the ball down the court and would then throw an alley-oop to the one, DeAndre Kane.

Teams want versatility in their players.

Baylor's Isaiah Austin is 7-feet tall yet liked to shoot the ball from the perimeter. Because of his threat to make a big shot, the defender on him was forced to leave the paint and contest anything Austin was threatening to do, opening up the block for someone else to have a point-blank shot opportunity.

Texas Tech's Jaye Crockett, at 6-foot-10, converted from the four to the three last season. He was usually taller than his defender and was able to post him up inside as well as shoot over him from deep.

That being said, the shooting guards across the country are showcasing their ball-handling abilities and taking the ball to the hoop.

Here are my top five shooting guards that are returning to the Big 12 next season.

Honorable Mention: Naz Long, Jr., Iowa State
Long was huge in clutch situations for Iowa State throughout last season, hence the nickname "Threesus." He only averaged seven points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 40 from the perimeter. He was the sixth man last season and will probably have the same role next year.

5: Monte Morris, So., Iowa State
While Morris only averaged 6.8 points per game last year, his assist to turnover ratio, 134-28, was vital to the Cyclones Sweet 16 run. It is an asset for a team if the shooting guard can also handle the ball well, especially when the other team puts on a full court press.  

4. Terry Henderson, Jr., West Virginia
In both wins over Texas Tech last year, Henderson was unconsciousl from behind the three-point line. He finished the season averaging 11.7 points per game while shooting 38 percent from behind the arc. With the transfer of Eron Harris over the offseason, it will be interesting to see how his role increases next season. 

3. Wayne Selden, So., Kansas
KU fans had to be thrilled when Selden announced his decision to forego the NBA draft after his freshman year. He played the second-most minutes on the team, behind Andrew Wiggins this year. While the focus was on freshmen Wiggins and Joel Embiid, Selden didn't have the pressure to produce big-time numbers. But he did throw down some big-time dunks. Overall, he finsihed the season averaging 10 points per game off 44 percent shooting from the field.

2. Phil Forte, Jr., Oklahoma State
Any team preparing to play the Cowboys last season had to decide that they wouldn't let Forte beat them. Sure, Marcus Smart would get his numbers, as well as Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown, but once Forte got hot from the perimeter it was game over. He averaged 44 percent from downtown and improved on his penetration. When other teams overplayed him at the three-point line, he just drove by them.

1. Buddy Hield, Jr., Oklahoma
Hield was also a shooter that could get hot quickly in the Big 12. He was a main reason why the Sooners had successful season, before falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to North Dakota State. Hield played the most minutes for Oklahoma and averaged 16.5 points per game.  

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Shooters

Wow, Jaye Crockett grew 3 inches! Seriously......hopefully Tech will find a good shooter in this next crop of players! It's not just about pure shooting......they need to be able to move well and create space to get the shots off.

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