Guys-need your view, put yourself in the shoes of this guy I know--If you became best friends with a girl--got closer than with your guy friends & other female friends, do you think odds are there is more too it--like potential interest for more? Would you keep your distance more if you only wanted friendship with her? Would you invest that much time & personal info of yourself for a girl you saw no potential for a mate in?
All of my best friends are women, but there is always a potential for more in those friendships if the circumstances were right. I try to get close to people I like being around and who I really enjoy as people and want in my life. And often if those people are women, I also consider them in the light of being potential mates if things were to work out that way ... and if they do, what better foundation could be laid than a strong friendship? I have been "friend-zoned" before but I'd rather that than jumping into a relationship without that foundation.