Point guard is maybe the most versitile position in basketball. Sometimes they're scorers, sometimes they're passers, and sometimes they're defensive specialists. Sometimes they're all three. In many cases, the point guard is the catalyst on the offensive end of the floor and the leader in the locker room.
What is the best combination of skills for a point guard to possess? We have lots of opinions on the matter, but we want to hear it from you. So we compiled a list of 15 of the best point guards in D1 women's basketball and we'll leave it up to you to decide. Vote for as many as you think are deserving and share with friends so they can vote as well. The poll closes Friday at noon pacific time, so be sure to get your vote in on time, and check back then to see who won.
Kelsey Plum, Washington
Kelsey Plum is averaging a D1-best 27.2 points per game in leading the BR-19 Washington Huskies to a 15-4 record (10-2 Pac-12) so far. The junior is also racking up 3.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game to go with her 28 total steals. Oh, she also leads the Huskies in playing time as Plum averages 37.2 minutes per game on the floor.
Niya Johnson, Baylor
Niya Johnson, of the BR-4 Baylor Bears, isn't known for her scoring prowess (the senior is averaging just 6.8 points per game), but she runs the floor like few point guards in the country. She's a master at making her teammates better and leads the country in assists with 9.7 per game — 185 total. Johnson also has 36 steals to her credit as the Bears are cruising at 19-1.
Moriah Jefferson, UConn
Moriah Jefferson has played a huge role in BR-1 UConn rolling to 55 straight victories and an 18-0 record at the moment this year. The senior point guard leads the Huskies with 46 steals and 5.5 assists per game and is draining buckets for an average of 13.4 points per contest. Jefferson's 56.9 percent field goal percentage ranks her 2nd in the country among guards.
Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame
Lindsay Allen has the most assists in program history for BR-2 Notre Dame and is continuing that legacy this season as the junior has dished off 109 of them through 20 games this season. With the Irish at 19-1 on the year, Allen is contributing with 8.8 points per game and 4.1 rebounds. She's also stolen 25 balls.
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State
In her second year running the floor for BR-6 Ohio State, Kelsey Mitchell is really finding her groove. The sophomore is averaging 25.2 points per game — the third most in the country — while pushing off 67 total assists, grabbing 37 steals and pulling down 2.7 boards per game. In leading the Buckeyes to a 15-4 record, Mitchell has played a team-high 689 minutes — 36.3 per game.
Zakiya Saunders, UAlbany
With the second most assists per game (7.8) in the nation, BR-63 UAlbany Great Danes' Zakiya Saunders is firing on all cylinders. The junior has 141 total assists to go along with her 10.3 points per game in leading her team to a 15-3 record. Saunders also has 32 steals and is averaging 4.5 rebounds per matchup.
April Robinson, Duquesne
At BR-42 Duquesne, April Robinson has been a mainstay for the past three years and this season is no different. The senior Duke is ranked second in the country in total assists with 143 and is tied for third in assists per game with 7.5 through 19 games played. Robinson is second on her team in points scored per game with 14.1 and is also pulling down 6.2 boards per game to go with her 36 total steals.
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Tiffany Mitchell is leading the BR-5 South Carolina Gamecocks to an astounding season on the hardwood as the squad is currently 19-0 in their campaign. The senior is clicking off at 14.9 points per game and has 48 assists and 33 steals to her credit thus far. With an 80.4 free throw percentage and a 41.2 field goal percentage, she's knocking down buckets left and right.
Lucy Mason, UNCG
With the second most points scored in the country, Lucy Mason is a force with BR-294 North Carolina Greensboro. The senior Spartan has racked up 470 points (23.5 per game) and has 56 assists, 47 steals and 5.0 rebounds per game in leading her squad to an 8-12 record in 20 games played.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland
BR-3 Maryland has a prolific guard in Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. The junior Terp has scored a total of 336 points (17.7 per game) this year in leading Maryland to a 17-2 record. She also has swatted an astounding 22 shots, has stolen 41 balls and has 62 assists to her credit. Kimbrough is also pulling down an average of 5.2 rebounds per contest, as well.
Angela Mickens, James Madison
Angela Mickens cleared the career 500 assists mark this year and currently has 128 dishes (7.5 – tied for 3rd in the country) in her 2015-16 campaign with BR-48 James Madison. To go along with her high output helping her teammates, Mickens also has 11.6 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and 31 steals on her ledger.
Lexi Rydalch, BYU
With 23.4 points per game, 26 steals and 64 assists, Lexi Rydalch is playing lights out for BR-57 BYU this year. The senior from Utah is also pulling down 5.5 boards per game. Through 20 games played, Rydalch has scored a game-high 29 points twice this season. She's also grabbed 11 rebounds in a single game two times and stole three balls in a game four separate times.
Jasmine Nwajei, Wagner
With 26.4 points per game, Jasmine Nwajei is currently ranked second in the nation for her point production with BR-334 Wagner. The junior is also notching 5.7 rebounds per game, which is pretty great for a point guard, and has 43 total steals to go with her 61 assists. Nwajei scored a program and NEC record 53 points in a single game this season, as well.
Ashley Deary, Northwestern
BR-43 Northwestern has the absolute best pickpocket in the country on its roster in Ashley Deary. The junior leads the nation in steals with a total of 90 at the moment. The high output of swipes goes along with Deary's 13.8 points per game and 133 assists. Deary notched season-highs of 10 steals and 12 assists in separate games in leading the Wildcats to a 13-7 record.
Rachel Banham, Minnesota
Rachel Banham is one of the most high profile scorers in the country at the moment, coming in ranked No. 4 in the nation in points per game with 23.9 and a total of 454 (5th most in D1) at BR-76 Minnesota. The 5-foot-9 redshirt senior is also pulling down an average of 6.4 rebounds per game (a team-high) and has 45 steals and 63 assists to her credit. Banham is also leading the team in free-throw percentage, converting at a clip of 86.7.