Top College Point Guards of the 2000s
The Qualifications for the list:
1. Production through their careers - longevity helps but isn’t required (A one year player’s dominance can trump a four year player that wasn’t quite as dominant)
2. Value to their team - how important they were to their school’s success
3. Tournament success
4. Overall impact on their school’s basketball program going forward
10. Peyton Siva - Louisville (2009-2013)
His performance in the National Championship game solidifies his spot on the list. Siva was an absolute workhorse in his career for Rick Pitino at Louisville. After his freshman year, Siva averaged 5.7 assists, 2 steals with the Cardinals. But the numbers really don’t tell the entire story. His ability to lead the full court press and break down a defense fueled the Cardinals the past three seasons en route to back-to-back Final Fours and this past year’s National Championship.
9. John Wall - Kentucky (2009-2010)
Of the Point Guards that only made it one year in the NCAA before skipping to the League, Wall made the biggest impact on the college scene (with Rose and Evans as close seconds). The former Wildcat was a stud in his one year at Kentucky, averaging 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals and leading the Wildcats to the Elite Eight.
8. Raymond Felton - North Carolina (2002-2005)
Felton helped lead the 2005 Tar Heels to their first National Championship in 12 years. The 2005 Tar Heels featured one of the best all around teams of the past decade with Sean May up front and Rashad McCants in the backcourt, but Felton really helped tie it all together. Averaging 12.5 points, 6.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals in his 3 years at North Carolina, Felton’s the top Tar Heel on the list.
7. TJ Ford - Texas (2001-2003)
The 2003 National Player of the year, Ford willed the Longhorns for his two years in Austin. Almost always the quickest player on the court, Ford made everyone on his team better and made a decent team a National Championship competitor. Ford led the Longhorns to a sweet 16 and a final four in his two years, averaging 12.9 points and 8 assists over his career.
6. Mateen Cleaves - Michigan State (1997-2000)
The only player on the list to win the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award, Cleaves led a magical Tournament run for the Spartans in 2000. A natural leader, Cleaves averaged 13.2 points and 7.1 assists in his three years at Michigan State.