Best point guards in college basketball

North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige averaged 17.5 points and 4.2 assists a game last season. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

No position is more critical to a team’s success than point guard. Want proof? All you had to do is watch what Shabazz Napier did in March as he led UConn to an unlikely national title. Louisville had Peyton Siva a couple of seasons ago, and Jim Calhoun had Kemba Walker in 2010.

The position isn’t what it used to be, with a new breed of scoring point guards emerging the past few years. However, there is still no shortage of quality depth at the position.

Here are a dozen of the top point guards in college hoops for 2014-15.

1. Marcus Paige, North Carolina Tar Heels

He was forced to play a significant amount of time off the ball last season due to the absence of P.J. Hairston, and he could be put in a similar situation this year with the addition of talented freshman point guard Joel Berry. Paige can play either backcourt spot, but he’s more effective with the ball in his hands.

2. Emmanuel Mudiay, Southern Methodist Mustangs

Larry Brown somehow beat Kentucky and Kansas for the strong, athletic and talented point guard, whose greatest asset is his ability to get into the paint and finish.