Top Guards: 2012-13 Season Rankings
Top Guards: 2012-13 Season Rankings

This article is part of our Top Guards series.

There's been a changing of the guard, pun intended, over the past decade or so in college basketball. Mid-major squads are suddenly able to hang with the big boys in the NCAA Tournament due to outstanding guard play. The three-point shot has become the ultimate equalizer to the size and athleticism of the bigger, more traditional schools. While the major programs still bring in the majority of the McDonald's All-Americans, this list is littered with guards from smaller conferences and smaller schools, showing that even the smallest players can make a huge splash on the college hoops scene.

With that in mind, let's look at the nation's best guards for the upcoming college basketball campaign.

POINT GUARD

1. Nate Wolters, South Dakota State - Wolters' basketball IQ and passing skills are off the charts. He is constantly compared in size and strengths to Jimmer Fredette,

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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