The point guard position may be the most critical of any in the game of basketball. Usually known as the playmaking catalystic leader and coach on the floor for the team amongst other responsibilities and duties. Performance is likely most demanding from this position when looking making a deep run throughout the regular season and into postseason play.

Here’s ‘Tate’s Take’ on the Top 5 point guards in NCAA Men’s College Basketball this upcoming season:

    -Marcus Paige, North Carolina Tar Heels, Jr. 17.5ppg, 4.2apg, 3.2rpg, 1.5spg, 44% FG, 87% FT, 38% 3-PT

    -TJ McConnell, Arizona Wildcats, Sr. 8.4ppg, 5.3apg, 3.6rpg, 1.7spg, 45% FG, 62% FT, 36% 3-PT

    -D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown Hoyas, So. 17.6ppg, 2.7apg, 5rpg, 1.2spg, 44% FG, 87% FT, 39% 3-PT

    -Andrew Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats, So. 10.9ppg, 4.0apg, 3.2rpg, 36% FG, 76% FT, 35% 3-PT

    -Juwan Staten, West Virginia Mountaineers, Sr. 18.1ppg, 5.8apg, 5.6rpg, 1.2spg, 48% FG, 71% FT, 40% 3-PT

You’ve heard it here first. These 8 alternate athletes push the envelope and are on the heels of these handful of point guards make the list of honorable mention just barely missed the Top 5. Remember these names. You’ll need to know them when filling out your brackets during March Madness:

    -Isaiah Taylor, Texas Longhorns, So.

    -Nic Moore, Southern Methodist Mustangs, Jr.

    -Tracy Abrams, Illinois Fighting Illini, Sr.

    -Oliver Hanlan, Boston College Eagles, Jr.

    -Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova Wildcats, Jr.

    -Ryan Harrow, Georgia State Panthers, Sr.

    -Reece Chamberlain, Belmont Bruins, Sr.

    -Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Sr.

Running deep through historically storied blueblood programs are known for its point guards such as Johnny Dawkins, Damon Bailey, Jay Williams, Isiah Thomas, Bobby Hurley and Tommy Amaker. In today’s modern day collegiate game, those same tradition-rich universities feature two standouts:

Vote: Which point guard is most likely to have a bigger effect on the program’s history in the future?

    -Yogi Ferrell, Indiana Hoosiers, Jr.

    -Quinn Cook, Duke Blue Devils, Sr.

Each season, players exit the program due to transfers, graduation and early entries to forgo the remainder of their collegiate career to become eligible for the NBA Draft. As two of College Basketball’s greatest leaders depart from their respective programs last season (Shabazz Napier & Aaron Craft), which of their former fellow teammates that assisted in forming two of the best guard tandems will most likely fill the vacant void and put the team on their back preparing for a better deep tournament run?

    -Shannon Scott, Ohio State Buckeyes, Sr.

    -Ryan Boatright, Connecticut Huskies, Sr.

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