Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: I can't argue with the your ranking of point and combo guards. However, after looking at them and noticing some names that, in my opinion, could have been included (not should have), I think you should make another list to include those players who might make you regret leaving them out of the ranking.
Good idea, Ryan.
Because, yes, I already have some regrets.
The two players I left off the points and combos list that, in hindsight, might've belonged are UNLV's Wink Adams and Purdue's E'Twaun Moore. I had them on a list of players to consider but opted to go another way in the end, and I think any criticism levied against me for that decision is reasonable. I mean, Moore could end up being the best player on a Big Ten title team and Adams averaged 16.7 points per game last season. Given a couple of mulligans, I might use them to include Adams and Moore. But in fairness, when you consider the last three players ranked were Matt Bouldin, Armon Johnson and Trevon Hughes you must admit it's not like I left Adams and Moore off the list in favor of bums.
And I guess that's my bottom-line point, that this stuff is all subjective.
Understand, anytime people rank players or teams or anything, really, everybody will basically agree on 80 percent of the things listed. It's the bottom 20 percent that causes the debate because there usually isn't much difference between the bottom 20 percent of the list and many of the things omitted from the list. In other words, there probably isn't much difference between the last eight players I ranked in the points and combos list and the eight best players I omitted -- which is my way of telling you that most any debate is a reasonable debate and that even I don't always feel comfortable with my lists when I complete them.
For instance, I just finished the list of wings.
It'll be up later today.
And though I like the list, I will admit there are some pretty damn good players who didn't make the cut. I had about 20 players competing for the final five spots. That means I had to drop 15, and I'm confident fans of the schools of all 15 will email at some point in the next 24 hours to tell me about the unbelievable ignorance I have shown.
I'm ready for it.
But till then, I'll try to relax.