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Outside of a football quarterback, there might not be a more important position in sports than a basketball point guard.

The leader. The floor general. The extension of the coach. All clichés, sure. But the point guard position garners a lot of chatter, and rightfully so. Clichés come with that.

 

As you’ll see, all of these players are different. Some are on this list because they were winners. Others, because they were better scorers than everyone else or more skilled passers than the competition. What binds them together: they were undeniably great.

Here are nine of the best college hoops point guards in the last 30 years.

*Note: all of these guys had at least two years of college experience. This wasn’t a rule going in, but no player accomplished enough in one NCAA season to beat out those who made the list.

Gary Payton, Oregon State