CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander are keeping themselves entertained until basketball season with some lively debates about various topics in the sport, including which team will have the best backcourt. The two hashed it out over email, and concluded that Kentucky will have the fourth best backcourt in the country this year, behind Memphis, Louisville, and Oklahoma State. Here’s their top ten:
3. Oklahoma State
7. Notre Dame
10. Boise State
I can see you now, with your head cocked and face scrunched up. “Really? Fourth?” Let’s hear their reasoning:
Borzello: There are a gaggle of teams I would take over them, but let’s start with Kentucky. Wildcats bring in the nation’s best point guard in Andrew Harrison, the nation’s best shooting guard in Aaron Harrison, and then another top-10 recruit in James Young. Talent-wise, that’s a loaded trio. Talk to me, goose.
Norlander: Kentucky was my choice for No. 5. There are overall chemistry questions I have with them. The talent is there. Is there anything beyond those three, though? We know Cal’s done great things with certain guards in the past. Talent-wise I think it’s a higher ceiling than Gonzaga. As a unit, I like what the Bulldogs bring back and factor in. And speaking of proven work with good backcourts, Mark Few’s had his fair share of deft guards.
I can give you UK at four, but we gotta go Gonzaga at five. If you’re down with that, let’s move on to the second half of this list.
I get that Kentucky’s backcourt is totally unproven right now, but come on…the Harrison Twins are not only talented, they’ve been playing together their whole lives. You can’t beat that kind of chemistry. Add in James Young, and by the end of the season, they’ll be ranked much, much higher than that.