Below are the SEC’s top 5 shooting guards heading into next year.
1) Rhyne Howard — Kentucky
Howard is a force on both ends of the floor and can impact a game at any moment. Offensively, Howard averaged 23.4 points per game. She posted a season-high 43 against Alabama. Defensively, Howard recorded 29 blocks and 62 steals.
Matthew Mitchell will look to Howard as a leader. Howard has proven to be a reliable weapon and will be the face of the SEC.
2) Chelsea Dungee — Arkansas
Dungee is a score-first guard with range. With the addition Destiny Slocum, a graduate transfer from Oregon State, the Razorbacks boasts one of the game’s most lethal backcourts.
Like Howard, Dungee can create her own shot and quickly get on a hot streak. She scored a season-high 38 points against Missouri. Dungee should lead the Razorbacks in points throughout next year.
3) Xaria Wiggins — Mississippi State
At 6-foot-1, Wiggins is a versatile weapon in the backcourt who can create mismatches. She has developed a steady shot and can hit from long distance. Wiggins should start next year. Expect an increase in minutes and points.
Wiggins is also a capable defender. She can defend multiple positions and showed flashes in last year’s SEC Tournament.
4) Brea Beal — South Carolina
Like Wiggins, Beal stands at 6-foot-1 and can create mismatches. Under Dawn Staley, Beal is emerging into a formidable weapon. She averaged 6.1 points. Beal should see the floor and post north of 10 per game next year.
Beal’s defensive game still needs work but will develop quickly with Staley as a mentor. Staley will call Beal’s name more often than not.
5) Megan Abrams — Alabama
Abrams boasts speed can get through the lane. Abrams made her name against the Bulldogs in Starkville, having tipped in the game-winner as time expired. Look for Abrams to shoot from a distance and develop an all-round offensive game going forward.
Abrams will be one of the main faces of the Crimson Tide next year. Abrams should lead the team in minutes and points.
All mentioned above are scorers and will have their way with the ball in hand. For the Bulldogs, expect Wiggins take her game a level higher. Big things to come.