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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Senior. 14.1 ppg 3.5 asts. Tony Perkins. player. Tony Perkins. Tony Perkins. 483. . 6.

The big developmental jump for Perkins came in the 2021-22 season when he was named the team’s Most Improved Player. He averaged 7.4 points a game that season and 1.6 assists while shooting 44.6% from the field. His production jumped last season, but that coincided with 10 additional minutes of playing time a game. 

Perkins is what he is, and that’s not a slight. He’s a reliable veteran point guard, capable of operating Fran McCaffery’s fast-paced offense while only turning the ball over 1.5 times a game. 

In 28.4 minutes, Perkins scores 13.9 points with 4.2 assists and even 1.7 steals on the other end. He’s rock-steady, but over the past two seasons have been capable of taking over a game and scoring 20-30 points on a given night. He just can’t do it consistently and that separates him from the other point guards on this list.