Iowa State basketball: ESPN analyst says Monte Morris is the best point guard


According to at least one ESPN personality, Iowa State basketball guard Monte Morris is the best point guard in the nation.

ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg was discussing in studio on who the top point guards in college basketball were. Based on a screencap, Morris was the top man.

Here’s a clearer representation of the top five for those that struggle with just school logos:

  1. Monte Morris – Iowa State
  2. T.J. McConnell – Arizona Wildcats
  3. Fred VanVleet – Wichita State
  4. Kevin Pangos – Gonzaga Bulldogs
  5. Deion Wright – Utah Utes

So far this season, Morris has 52 assists on the season, averaging 5.8 per game, which is 24th nationally. Only McConnell is the other player on that list in the top 40, and he’s currently at 14th with 5.1 assists.

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Of course, Morris has been most famous for his assist-to-turnover ratio, and among all the top assist players in the nation, the sophomore guard has a national high of +6.5. Morris has only turned it over eight times in his first nine games this season. He turned it over 28 total times last year.

There’s clearly a reason why Greenberg loves Morris so much as a point guard. Already “Man-Man” has made a significant improvement in all aspects of his game averaging 11.2 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game. That’s in comparison to his averages of 6.8 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game a season ago.

While the assist-turnover ratio is the biggest achivement Morris has, his offense is looking better than last year. He’s had some cold streaks, but he’s already broke the century mark in points this season. He’s just 21 points away from being halfway from his point total from last year (243).

Greenberg giving the title to Morris (and him just being an undersized sophomore) is some serious praise and it’s great to see him get the attention he deserves. What are your thoughts on Morris getting some serious praise from ESPN? Does “Man-Man” deserve the title as the best point guard in the nation?

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