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October 19, 2006
Small forwards provide matchup issues
• Preseason Top 25
• Preseason SG rankings
• The College Basketball Wire
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Looking for a common theme among the national title contenders in college basketball? Check out the small forward position.
Defending national champion Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and Georgetown - which take up the top four spots in Rivals.com's preseason top 25 - all have players ranked among our top 20 small forwards.
Most of those teams also feature some of the nation's premier guards and big men, but their small forwards are growing more and more valuable.
They are often the only player on the roster with the versatility to play well on the inside and outside consistently. Small forwards can create matchup problems and make sure they don't face one. A strong player at the No. 3 spot can help cover up just about any weakness.
Corey Brewer, who sits at No. 2 on our list, did all of those things for the Gators last season as they made their surprising march to the school's first national title. The wiry wing impacted nearly every phase of the game, giving Florida a do-everything weapon that few opponents could match.