The average college basketball fan can usually name at least one Horizon League player: Ray McCallum Jr.
Mostly it’s that father-son storyline, which includes the fact that the younger McCallum turned down plenty of high major offers to play for his dad’s little school. Three years later Jr. is still tearing it up, throwing up the numbers and making the highlight reel (see above). But the Horizon League, which has always been known for turning out great guards, is fairly stacked at McCallum’s position.
I wanted to know if the numbers agreed with the perception. Is McCallum still king of the Horizon PGs? The people behind the Bob Cousy Award sure think so.
So, in my research I took a look at all the tempo-free metrics that go into a great point player: Assist rate, turnover rate, offensive rating, effective field goal percentage and steal rate. I combined them all with a simple 1-9 scoring system, added up the totals, golf style, and had my unscientific rankings.
McCallum Jr. won hands down.
Detroit’s phenom beat out every other Horizon League point guard in terms of shooting and scoring and was second in turnover rate and third in steal rate. UIC senior Gary Talton was next, and 5-11 Green Bay sophomore Keifer Sykes rounded out the top three.
But it’s Cleveland State sophomore Charlie Lee that is dishing out an assist in almost a third of his possessions.
Youngstown State’s senior PG, Blake Allen, leads the list in turnover rate. In fact, Blake ranks 74th in the nation for turning the ball over in just 11.2 percent of his possessions.
Valparaiso senior Erik Buggs is creating the most trouble in the backcourt with a steal in 3.8 percent of his opportunities.