Top College Point Guards of the 2000s
Although he never made it past the Sweet 16, Paul did everything for Wake Forest from the point guard position: scoring, dishing it out, and playing strong on-the-ball and off-the-ball defense. CP3 Averaged 15 points, 6.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 steals in his two years as a Demon Deacon, while shooting 47.1% from the field, 83.8% from the line and 46.9% from three.
4. Stephen Curry - Davidson (2006-2009)
2009 was his only season as Davidson’s Point Guard, but it was a pretty darn good season for Curry. The only reason he didn’t take home Player of the Year honors was because of an Oklahoma player named Blake Griffin. In his final year at Davidson, Curry averaged 28.6 points, 5.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.5 steals, while shooting 45.4% from the field and 87.6% from the line. Although in Curry’s last season the Wildcats missed the NCAA tournament, Curry led the team to the Elite Eight after an improbable run in 2008, albeit as a shooting guard, but it somewhat makes up for 2009’s disappointing finish. And the stamp he left on the Davidson program is almost incalculable.
3. Jameer Nelson - St. Joseph’s (2000-2004)
In his four years at St. Joe’s, Nelson brought a new life to the basketball program, leading the team to the NCAA Tournament in 3 of his 4 seasons. In his Senior year, he averaged 20.6 points, 5.3 assists, 4.7 assists, 3 steals and took the Hawks to the Elite Eight.
2. Trey Burke - Michigan (2011-2013)
The 2013 National Player of the Year helped bring a new life to the Michigan Basketball program. After nearly 2 decades of struggles, Burke put together a remarkable season in 2013 (18.6 points, 6.7 assists) and led the Wolverines on a great Tournament run.
1. Jason Williams - Duke (1999-2002)
Williams led the Blue Devils to three Sweet 16s and the 2001 National Championship. He also took home the 2002 National Player of the Year Award to complete his trophy case. In his three superb years at Duke, Williams averaged 19.2 points, 6 assists, and 2.2 steals. Although the 2001 team offered a good deal of support with Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer, Williams glued it all together.
THE NEXT 12 (In no particular order):
Tyreke Evans (Memphis), Derrick Rose (Memphis), Sherron Collins (Kansas), Acie Law (Texas A&M), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Devin Harris (Wisconsin), Jason Gardner (Arizona), Troy Bell (Boston College), Dan Dickau (Gonzaga), Carl Krauser (Pittsburgh), Deron Williams (Illinois), Mario Chalmers (Kansas)