Top 5 Point Guards of the Bo Ryan/Greg Gard ERA

#5. Kammron Taylor 

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Accolades: 2nd team all big ten 2007, Honorable Mention All-Big Ten 2006

Chris Rock’s long lost twin, Kammron Taylor comes in at fifth on my list. The Minnesota native KamTaylor wasn’t the best athlete of the bunch but he offered the perfect compliment to Alando Tucker as a knockdown shooter. Taylor never met a jump shot he didn’t like, and had a smooth hesitation he used to take defenders off the dribble. 

Kam Taylor was honorable mention All-Conference as a Junior, Averaging 14.2 points, 3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. 

Taylor followed with a strong Senior season, being named to the All-Big Ten second team, and averaging 13.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. 

Taylor left Wisconsin a career 38% three point shooter, ranked 13th all time list in 3PM, and remains 10th in program history in FT% (79%). 

A few career highlights include an Elite eight appearance as a sophomore, and being the starting point guard during the programs first #1 ranking in school history.


  #4. Trevon Hughes

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Accolades: 2nd team all big ten 2010, All defensive team 2010

Hughes was do-all point guard for coach Ryan. Hughes had the athleticism to take players off the dribble or rise above a defender to take a jumper when he had separation. As a defender steals were something that came second nature to the Queens, New York native. 

Hughes took over as a starter Sophomore year, averaging 11.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals. What I’ll always remember about Trevon was his nose for picking another player’s pocket. In his Sophomore year alone Hughes registered six steals on three separate occasions. Hughes played a vital role on a badger team that won the Big Ten regular season championship outright. That team would go on to win the conference tournament over the Illini. Their season ended in the sweet sixteen against a red hot Steph Curry. 

Junior year Hughes averaged 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists. The moment from his Junior year that stands out to me was his game winner against Florida State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Hughes Senior season was his best yet, averaging 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals. 

Trevon Hughes ended his Wisconsin career 19th on the schools all time scoring list, 10th all time in 3PM, 16th in assists and 4th in steals. Simply put, Trevon Hughes was a dawg on both ends of the court. 


#3. Bronson Koenig 

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Wisconsin vs Xavier

Accolades: 3rd Team All Big Ten in 2016, 2nd Team All Big Ten in 2017. 

The fact that I can list someone as accomplished as Bronson Koenig at third on this list speaks to the quality of point guards Wisconsin has had. Wisconsin’s own, Koenig committed to Wisconsin after spurning offers from blue bloods like North Carolina, Duke and Kansas. 

Bronson was thrown into the fire early in his career, appearing in 37 games as the team’s backup point guard, averaging 3.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists on an eventual Final Four team. 

Koenig was moved into the Badgers starting lineup during the 2014-2015 season after an injury to point guard Traevon Jackson. Bronson averaged 11.6 points per game as a starting point guard on a team that would eventually fall in the national championship to Duke. 

As a Junior Koenig averaged 13.1 points,  2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Bronson’s buzzer beater against Xavier in the NCAA tournament left me with a memory that I’ll never forget. 

In his Senior year Koenig averaged 14.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2 assists.

Koenig left Wisconsin 11th on the schools all time scoring list (1459), 11th in assists, 6th in assist/turnover ratio, 3rd most wins played in (114), most 3’s made in a season (103), highest career FT% (90%), most 3’s made in a game (8) in the NCAA tournament against VT, most 3PM in school history (270), and unofficially the prettiest jumper in program history.  

Bronson’s tournament resume reads as follows: final four appearance as a freshman, championship runner-up as a sophomore, and back to back sweet sixteens as a junior and senior. Pretty difficult to top a resume like that. 


  #2. Jordan Taylor

TaylorJ_1000 Accolades: First team all big ten, First team all defense in 2011, 2nd Team All American 2011, First Team All Big Ten 2012. 

This is the one I struggled with the most. It seems almost impossible to keep Jordan Taylor from the #1 spot on this list given all that he accomplished at Wisconsin. Jordan Taylor is a badger legend and everything you could possibly want as the point guard of your team. There is a very short list of players you could convince me were as dependable as Taylor was for the badgers. 

Taylor appeared in all 33 games as a Freshman, but didn’t truly get the chance to make his mark until Sophomore year when he averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists. 

What happened next was a good player, became a great one. In Jordan Taylors Junior season he averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists. If that wasn’t impressive enough Taylor did it efficiently (43%FG | 83%FT | 43% from 3), en route to a spot on the first team All-American list.   In his senior season Taylor gave us more of the same, averaging 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists. 

Jordan Taylor was a leader on both ends of the court, hit countless big shots with time winding down, and had the best assist to turnover ratio in NCAA history. Taylor was the kind of player every coach is trying to find. 

Taylor ended his storied career 9th in scoring (1,533), 8th in 3’s made (484), 9th in school history in FTM, 2nd all time in assists (464), and best assist to turnover ratio in school history (3.01). Jordan Taylor was everything you could ever want in a Point Guard.


#1. Devin Harris

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Accolades: 2004 Big Ten POY, 2nd team all american 2004. 

Simply put, Devin Harris was a star for Wisconsin. The Wisconsin native was a special kind of athlete on the court and in my opinion the best point guard from a talent standpoint that Wisconsin has ever had. The sweet shooting point guard had very few holes in his game. Thunderous dunks, and a hesitation that left defenders on skates were some of the things that I’ll always remember about Harris. Devin Harris was both fast and quick, the worst part for opponents was he knew it. 

As a true freshman in 2001, Devin Harris started on what was one of the most unheralded teams in program history. Wisconsin was predicted to finish as low as ninth in the Big Ten conference that season. Harris ended up being the 2nd leading scorer on a team that won an unexpected share of the regular season Big Ten Championship. As a Freshman he averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. 

In his Sophomore season Devin Harris led the Badgers to their second consecutive Big Ten Championship, averaging 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Harris helped lead the Badgers to the sweet 16 that year. 

In Harris’s Junior season he established himself as one of the top players in the nation. He was named the Big Ten POY, and also named a Second Team All-American while averaging 19.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists. 

Harris decided to leave college a year early to play in the NBA and was Drafted 5th overall. 

Fun fact, Harris owns the Guinness World Record for “fastest man with a basketball,” running the length of the court in 3.9 seconds. 

Devin Harris left Wisconsin with the 8th most 3pm, 10th if FTM, 12th in assists, 8th in steals, and 14th on the schools all time scoring list despite only playing 3 years. 

 

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