Hello! you may remember last year we did a series of rankings for Big East players. Well, today, we're starting that up again! It's time to delve into the realm of the conference and see who the best point guard is based upon the votes of the BECB staff.
5. Billy Garrett Jr. (DePaul Blue Demons)
SCORE: 5.46 || HIGHEST RANKING: 4 || LAST YEAR PLACED: 2nd
Checking in at the No. 5 spot is DePaul Blue Demons point guard Billy Garrett Jr. The productive floor general for the Blue Demons slips down a bit after placing 2nd in the rankings a year ago. Taking a look at the numbers, Garrett Jr. might simply be a victim of this positional group just getting better. His numbers vastly improved in almost every category. Whether it was efficiency, rebounding, assist rate, turnover rate, free throw rate and the like, Garrett took leaps in his game from his freshman season. That's saying something too for the 2013-14 Big East Rookie of the Year. Predicting another leap in his junior season isn't far from a stretch at all. It's safe to say that even though DePaul might remain mired in mediocrity in 2015, they have a very dynamic point guard leading the charge.
4. Myles Davis (Xavier Musketeers)
SCORE: 5.00 || HIGHEST RANKING: 4 || LAST YEAR PLACED: N/A
A little bit of controversy? Myles Davis isn't the purest of point guards but by the average scores of the votes, he places ahead of the likes of Billy Garrett and more. Davis certainly had a good season in Cincy, putting up career-bests in efficiency, assist rate, among other statistics and was key to X's success in the NCAA Tournament. His most notable performance came against Georgia State when he dropped 17 points and went 5-for-8 from the 3-point line. We'll see how he performs this coming season with the Musketeers, and whether he lives up to his ranking here.
3. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown Hoyas)
SCORE: 2.62 || HIGHEST RANKING: 2 || LAST YEAR PLACED: 1st
No. 1 in last year's rankings descends down to the third spot on the list. DSR is coming off of a terrific campaign in Washington, D.C., one that certainly helped him in the electoral process here at BECB. When Markel Starks departed campus, some wondered how easily Smith-Rivera would slide into the point guard role. Well, 16.3 points and 3.2 assists per game later it's safe to say that things worked out for the Hoyas last season. This year, with a Georgetown team that is rich with talent, especially down low, expect the Nap Town native to flourish again as not only one of the best at his position, but on the whole as well.
2. Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova Wildcats)
SCORE: 2.54 || HIGHEST RANKING: 2 || LAST YEAR PLACED: 3rd
Our second leap on the countdown sees one half of the co-Big East Players of the Year and a member of the back-to-back regular season champions. Arch is coming off of a terrific season in southeastern Pennsylvania that saw him progress in efficiency, assist rate, and 3-point shooting as well compared to his play as a sophomore. We might see a different 'Nova point guard creep up this list in year or two but for now, Ryan Arcidiacono is the man for the 'Cats. And Jay Wright would likely not have it any other way.
And... drum roll please...
1. Kris Dunn (Providence Friars)
SCORE: 1.00 || NO. 1 VOTES: 13 || LAST YEAR PLACED: 4th
Who else but Kris Dunn? The other half of the Co-Big East Players of the Year checks in at No. 1 on the countdown and this may not only apply in the conference, but the nation as well. Dunn did astounding things for the Friars last year as he helped lift them tot he NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and very much smoothed the transition over from the conclusion of the Bryce Cotton Era in Friartown. He's going to be must-see TV this season and beyond, and is Big East Coast Bias' choice for "best point guard in the Big East Conference.