Ranking nation's top 10 perimeter teams
With the emergence of ball-screen and dribble-drive offenses, many teams are going to lineups with three guards. That's why for this ranking I decided to focus not just on the nation's top backcourts but on the teams with the best perimeter games -- including each team's third guard or small forward. (I omitted the North Carolina Tar Heels from the list, for now at least, due to P.J. Hairston's legal issues.)
The following programs -- between their returning players and incoming freshmen -- are my early top 10 picks for the country's best perimeter games.
John Calipari will once again have an elite backcourt. The combination of freshmen Andrew and Aaron Harrison along with James Young and sophomore Alex Poythress makes the Wildcats' perimeter exceptional. This season's Kentucky backcourt will be big, athletic and physically mature.
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