Whether they are great shooters or love taking it to the hoop, talented shooting guards are plentiful in the Big East.
Some get by on athleticism, while some get by on size and/or moxie. Either way you slice it, this conference has a good core of shooting guards that can quickly score in bunches.
What you will read here is a ranking of the Big East’s five best shooting guards. Granted, there will be some fluidity with players and their positions on the court.
Some teams will also play multiple shooting guards in the same backcourt, but the shooting guards listed here are the best the Big East has to offer.
Let’s rank the Big East’s shooting guards. Click here for our ranking of the top five point guards in the Big East.
5. Rodney Pryor, Georgetown
After transferring from Robert Morris, Pryor is expected to pick up some of the scoring load left by the departure of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.
While not as polished a scorer as Smith-Rivera, Pryor has above-average athleticism and gives Hoya head coach John Thompson III a different dimension on the court. Pryor is coming off a season in which he averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game last season, while earning NEC first-team all-conference honors.
Although the NEC is no Big East, Pryor can still thrive at this level and will be one of the key newcomers to watch in the Big East.
4. Haanif Cheatham, Marquette
With Marquette losing Henry Ellenson, look for Golden Eagles’ coach Steve Wojciechowski to turn to talented sophomore Haanif Cheatham to be his new go-to-scorer.
— Anonymous Eagle (@AnonymousEagle) June 20, 2016
Cheatham can score in a variety of ways, and now that the training wheels are off, expect this Golden Eagle to take flight this season. He is one smooth operator on the court and can thrive in both half- and full-court settings.
Marquette will live or die with its guard play, and Cheatham will be the best option in the backcourt.
3. Marcus Foster, Creighton
A lot of hype will surround Foster as he prepares for his first season with the Bluejays after transferring from Kansas State.
Foster knows how do one thing really well: score. He can score from anywhere on the court, erupting at the drop of a dime. Speaking of dropping dimes, Foster will have the benefit of playing with perhaps the best point guard in the conference, Maurice Watson.
Foster will be the recipient of many said dimes from Watson. Playing alongside him will only elevate Foster’s game.
While Watson was Creighton’s leading scorer last season, expect that to change this season with the arrival of Foster.
2. Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall
No Isaiah Whitehead, no problem?
With Whitehead on to the NBA, Carrington will now take on the role of leader for the Pirates. Carrington has the confidence and gumption to make his junior season his coming-out party.
After averaging 14.1 points per game while shooting 33.5 percent from three-point range last season, expect Carrington’s numbers to go up with Whitehead gone.
While he played in the shadow of Whitehead, anticipate Carrington to emerge and make himself a household name this season.
1. Josh Hart, Villanova
There is likely no more seasoned and complete player in the Big East—perhaps even the whole nation—than Josh Hart.
Hart does it all. As a two-way player at both ends of the floor, Hart is in a category all by himself. The senior is the only unanimous All-Big East first-team member returning, so his selection here is rather academic.
Although Kris Jenkins was the championship hero and last year’s seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu got a lot of love, it was Hart who was the MVP of the Wildcats.
A return to the All-Big East first team is certain. Expect Hart to be the early frontrunner for Big East Player of the Year.