Over the years, the Big East has had its fair share of terrific point guards. Whether it was Allen Iverson, Kemba Walker, Scottie Reynolds, or Mark Jackson among others, floor generals have had the notoriety for making big plays in big moments when it matters most.
With the 2014-15 regular season steadfast approaching, Big East Coast Bias got together to determine who the top point guards in the conference currently are. Here are our results:
5. Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall Pirates)
Entering at No. 5 is Seton Hall's point guard Sterling Gibbs. The man whose fame expanded with his step-back jumper in the 2014 Big East Tournament that stunned highly touted Villanova is a terrific player who had the second highest usage rate of any Pirate in the 2013-14 season, trailing only the now departed Fuquan Edwin. Gibbs had the highest Assist Rate on the Pirates last year (29.3) which was also the 91st best of any player in the country. With perhaps an even more expanded role in his junior year, expect Gibbs to play at an even higher level.
4. Kris Dunn (Providence Friars)
Friar fans have been waiting and waiting for Kris Dunn to hit the floor with brimming intensity and spectacular play. Unfortunately, the New London, Connecticut native was ravaged by injuries in his freshman year, playing only 106 minutes the entire year. After being cleared for contact not too long ago, Dunn will look to live up to the hype surrounding him this year, which could justifiably net him this spot.
3. Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova Wildcats)
When head coach Jay Wright has good guard play, his teams typically play well. And last year, they got quite a lot out of Ryan Arcidiacono. Though he was primarily a role player, with a usage rate of just 17.4, he kept his turnover rate low, and saw his efficiency jump from how he fared in his freshman season as well. Expect his play to go up a notch, as Arcidiacono is one of the many reasons that the Wildcats are the prohibitive favorite to win the Big East Conference.
2. Billy Garrett Jr. (DePaul Blue Demons)
DePaul fans might not have many reasons to smile, but the freshman season for Billy Garrett Jr. was one of the few bright spots. A Chicago native, Garrett Jr. scored 12.4 points and dished out 3.0 assists per game in his 910 minutes of work during the 2013- 14 season. His efficiency could certainly use some work, with an Effective Field Goal Percentage of just 43.2 last year. But the talent is there, much of it still untapped, and his sophomore year could provide a big spark that the program desperately needs.
1. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown Hoyas)
Rounding out our list is Georgetown's athletic point guard D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera. Smith-Rivera, who is the most efficient returnee for the Hoyas with a True Shooting Percentage of 59.8, is a 6-foot-3, 218 pound guard who has a terrific presence about him. With Markel Starks departed, Smith-Rivera will be stepping into this role with a bevy of talent around him, as Georgetown is expected to bounce back from what was an incredibly disappointing season. If they do, expect "DSR" to be one of the main reasons.