Before the University of Gongaza's incredible run to the Elite Eight in 1999, the Zags lone claim to fame was producing NBA Hall-of-Fame point guard John Stockton.
The all-time assists and steals leader, Stockton is the greatest “pure” point guard in NBA history, because of his ability to adjust on the fly, drop a pass on a dime, and outsmart any opponent.
Now, Stockton is the standard for any guard that comes to GU, or should I say “Guard U.”
During the last decade of Zags basketball, a.k.a. “The Decade of Excellence,” the hoops team has employed a system that depends on a point guard, who can be a “field general” and make proper decisions in real time.
Every year, Gonzaga makes a run up the national polls and deep into the NCAA tournament due to great guard play—a streak that could be broken this year as Demetri Goodson is mired in a sophomore slump.
In honor of the past decade, I’m ranking the best point-combo guards that have played for Mark Few on what is coming to be considered “America’s Team.”
Each guy epitomizes what a Zag guard should represent: loyalty and toughness with a chip on their shoulder. Enjoy.