Here is our ranking of the 10 best Kansas basketball point guards with Bill Self at the helm.
Bill Self has coached a deep group of elite point guards in his tenure at KU. I broke down my top 10 point guards of the 20-year Bill Self era. Bill took over Kansas in the 2003-04 season. We have had dominant regular seasons from our offensive quarterbacks, highlighted by big-time shots and tournament runs led by these elite point guards. We were blessed with multiple four-year point guards that were studs.
These are the 10 best Kansas basketball point guards to play during the Bill Self era.
Kansas Basketball No. 10 Best Point Guard Under Bill Self: Elijah Johnson (2009-2013)
Elijah had career averages of 7.0 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game over his four-year career, shooting 42.4% from the field. He played sparingly in his first two years and then helped lead his squads his junior and senior years, averaging at least 9.9 points per game and 3.5 assists while playing over 31 minutes a game his final two years.
He punctuated a big win on the road at Iowa State with a big jam after dropping 39 points in a 108-96 overtime Win. Elijah helped lead the Jayhawks to the National Championship game in 2012, falling to Kentucky 67-59 in the title game. He had 13 points in the championship game and scored double digits in every tournament game, leading KU to a runner-up finish.
A questionable low blow and a missed free throw that led to Trey Burke’s game-tying shot in 2013 in his final tournament game his senior year ended his career.
Kansas Basketball No. 9 Best Point Guard Under Bill Self: Tyshawn Taylor (2008-2012)
Tyshawn averaged 10.8 points per game to go along with 3.9 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals over his four-year KU career. He started 127 out of 146 games and was a contributor from day one.
The New Jersey native averaged 16.6 points and 4.8 assists his senior year to lead the Jayhawks to the National Championship game in which we lost to Kentucky. He scored 19 points in the championship game. Tyshawn was quick with the ball, could get to the rim and finish, and was an adequate outside shooter.