Final Four Preview, Part Three
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Best Point Guard
1. Jon Scheyer, Duke: The key to the Blue Devils’ success this season, Scheyer has developed into an All-American at the point.
2. Shelvin Mack, Butler: Mack is an underrated and versatile scorer who can drive past his defender and pull-up for threes in transition.
3. Korie Lucious, Michigan State: He has filled in admirably for the injured Kalin Lucas, including knocking down a game-winning three vs. Maryland.
4. Joe Mazzulla, West Virginia: With Darryl Bryant still out, Mazzulla will start against Duke. He scored 17 points in the Elite Eight.
Best Shooting Guard
1. Nolan Smith, Duke: Smith is arguably the most explosive perimeter scorer for the Blue Devils, as well as their best perimeter defender.
2. Devin Ebanks, West Virginia: Not a true guard, Ebanks is the best ball-handler of the WVU forwards. He also has the length to defend well.
3. Durrell Summers, Michigan State: Summers has become the go-to scorer for the Spartans since Lucas went down. He can fill it up.
4. Ronald Nored, Butler: An unheralded guard, Nored was the best defender in the Horizon League and he can also penetrate.
Best Small Forward
1. Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia: He might be the best player left in the NCAA Tournament. He is extremely clutch offensively.
2. Kyle Singler, Duke: Singler is match-up nightmare for opponents. He can stroke the three with efficiency and score around the rim.
3. Gordon Hayward, Butler: Although his shooting numbers are down this season, Hayward is an unstoppable scorer at times.
4. Raymar Morgan, Michigan State: If he were at the PF spot, he would be ranked No. 1. He is athletic and has multiple tools at both ends.
Best Power Forward
1. Willie Veasley, Butler: He’s only 6-4, but he can defend every position on the court and averages double-figures at the offensive end.
2. Delvon Roe, Michigan State: Roe has been hampered by injuries throughout his career, but he is athletic and can rebound very well.
3. Wellington Smith, West Virginia: Smith is a strong but solid forward who can step out and hit the three-point with effectiveness.
4. Lance Thomas, Duke: Thomas will not put up flashy numbers, but he is a very hard worker who will rebound and defend down low.
1. Kevin Jones, West Virginia: One of the most underrated players in the country, Jones is an inside-outside scorer who can also rebound.
2. Matt Howard, Butler: Although he has a tendency to get into foul trouble too often, Howard is a physical big man who can score in the post.
3. Brian Zoubek, Duke: Zoubek came on strong towards the end of the season, dominating the offensive rebounds and defending.
4. Derrick Nix, Michigan State: He plays far fewer minutes than Draymond Green, but he gets the start at center. Nix can score down low.