Big Ten point guard power rankings: Ace Baldwin/Braden Smith drop double-digit dimes

Ace Baldwin is settling into his role as a distributor for Penn State, but after a 13-assist performance against Purdue, where does he rank among Big Ten point guards?

Penn State Nittany Lions guard Ace Baldwin Jr (1)
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Ace Baldwin Jr (1) / Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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. 19.9 ppg 2.9 asts. player. Senior. Tyson Walker. . 1. 486. Tyson Walker. Tyson Walker

Now, AJ Hoggard leads Tom Izzo’s team in assists and is the primary distributor, but Tyson Walker is a point guard, he’s just a score-first point guard. Michigan State has the luxury of having multiple point guards, but I’ve included Walker instead of Hoggard because he’s the best guard in the conference. 

Walker has been excellent in his three years in East Lansing after two seasons playing for Northeastern, but this season has been different. Walker is suddenly one of the best scoring guards in the entire country, averaging nearly 20 points while shooting 48.2% from the field and 39.3% from three on 5.6 attempts a game. 

Walker can score off the dribble and off the catch and together, Michigan State has a backcourt with nine years of college basketball experience. If the Spartans don’t turn things around after a 10-7 start to the season and a 2-4 start to Big Ten play, I’ll be legitimately stunned. 

Michigan State may not be the best team in the Big Ten, but the Spartans are the scariest because of Walker and Hoggard.

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