Guards of the Big 12 Are Ready to Compete Blog Sports 10/28/2016 Tweet The Big 12 Conference is set out to be one of the nation’s most dominant leagues this upcoming season. With more than just a few returning guards, the experience level brought to the court is not something to be taken lightly by any opponent. From KU’s own version of the “splash brothers” with Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason to senior playmakers Monte Morris at Iowa State and Brandon Parrish at TCU, the Big 12 guards are a force to be reckoned with. “This League, every night you’re guarding a good guard no matter what team you’re playing, and you just got to be ready to play every night. I’m up for any challenge, so I take a lot of pride in my defense. But every team has a good guard this year, so it’s definitely going to be fun,” KU Junior Guard Devonte’ Graham said. “You could make a case that, that could be the strongest position in our league in large part due to the experience,” KU Head Coach Bill Self said. If we learn anything from Big 12 Media Day, it’s that the league’s guards relish the opportunity to play against their peers, who are considered to be some of the best in the country. “You can trust the experienced guys. You can trust them to take care of the ball. They’ve been through the trenches. They’ve been through war in the Big 12 before, so they know what to expect and they know how to play at this level,” TCU Senior Guard Brandon Parrish said. “This league is really guard oriented. There’s some big time guards here. They all can make plays. They all do a different thing great,” Iowa State Senior Guard Monté Morris said. “It makes it more fun, competing against those guys. It’s just every day you’re going to go out and compete and try and win that battle, so you have to have the confidence to step up to the plate and deliver,” Oklahoma Senior Guard Jordan Woodard said.