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October 25, 2011
Losing players early to the NBA can cause headaches for coaches. But that's not the case with some of the top backcourts for 2011-12.
Duke's Kyrie Irving played only 11 games before leaving to become the No. 1 pick in the draft. Kemba Walker led Connecticut to the national title before becoming a lottery pick. And Kentucky lost yet another guard to the lottery when Brandon Knight left.
But despite those losses, Duke, Connecticut and Kentucky should continue to feature some of the best guard play in the country because of incoming freshmen or returning players poised to take a starring role.
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The school with the top returning backcourt, though, is one that lost no one to the draft. Florida returns the starting tandem of Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton, who helped the Gators to the Elite Eight. Bolstering that group is a five-star freshman (Brad Beal) and a standout transfer (Mike Rosario from Rutgers).
Here's our look at the top backcourts for 2011-12, which were judged on star power, potential and overall depth.
BACKCOURT UNIT RANKINGS
TOP FIVE LOW-MAJOR BACKCOURTS
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