With the NBA perpetually on the lookout for the next Chris Paul or Kyrie Irving, the spotlight on the ball-handling skills of college basketball stars has never been brighter. Whether they’re distributors drawing the defense away from a shooter or scorers darting through traffic to the rim, the country’s top guards can put on quite a show with the ball in their hands.
One of the most impressive this season, to no one’s surprise, has been Louisville’s Russ Smith. The Cardinals senior is equally at home leading a deadly fast break or dissecting a defense from the inside out.
Read on for more on Smith’s artistry and the rest of the 20 best dribbling specialists in the collegiate ranks.
Players were ranked primarily according to their ability to penetrate the D (especially those who can beat defenders without the aid of a pick). However, other factors were also taken into account, especially the ability to minimize mistakes.