Behind every great scorer stands an even better passer. Then again, an assist would never count if the shooter didn’t actually make the basket, so who needs who more? #mindblown.
I digress. Let’s say we get to the meat and potatoes — the Top Assisters of D1 Men’s College Basketball. And yes, I believe “assisters” is a word because my Word program isn’t correcting me.
Kahill Felder — Oakland
Numero uno. Felder, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, averages just over 8.7 assists per game. He leads the country in that particular category, and ranks number one in total assists with a whopping 157 over 18 games. None too shabby.
Jordan Johnson — Milwaukee
Number two on the list goes to the 5-foot-9 Johnson thanks to his 8.0 assists per game. The thrifty junior has amassed 152 total assists in 19 games played. Magic Johnson would be proud.
Jabril Durham — Arkansas
Durham has just 125 total assists to his name — which, if anything says a lot about Felder and Johnson’s numbers — but he ranks third overall in assists per game with 7.4 after 17 games.
Jaaron Simmons — Ohio
Rounding out the Top Four is Ohio’s Jaaron Simmons, a 6-foot-1 sophomore currently averaging 7.3 assists per game.
Bryant McIntosh — Northwestern
McIntosh, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Northwestern, comes in at number five with 7.3 assists per game. He actually boasts 138 total assists through 19 games, which ranks third overall.
Kyle Collinsworth — BYU
Collinsworth is the only senior outside of Johnson to make this list … No, I’m not implying anything. Just pointing out a little factoid you can use if you happen to be playing, “Absurd Trivia” while waiting for your food at Chilis. Oh yeah, Collinsworth, a 6-foot-6 guard by the way, averages 7.2 assists per game. He also has 136 total assists under his belt through 19 games.
Monte Morris — Iowa St.
The 6-foot-2 Morris has 121 total assists thus far, and averages 7.1 per game. Good enough for the final position on the list.