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List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season assists leaders

In basketball, an assist is a pass to a teammate that directly leads to a score by field goal.[1] The National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I assist title is awarded to the player with the highest assists per game average in a given season. The assist title was first recognized in the 1950–51 season when statistics on assists were first compiled by the NCAA, but there are no officially recorded assist leaders between 1952–53 and 1982–83. The NCAA did not split into its current divisions format until August 1973.[2] From 1906 to 1955, there were no classifications to the NCAA nor its predecessor, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS).[2] Then, from 1956 to 1973, colleges were classified as either "NCAA University Division (Major College)" or "NCAA College Division (Small College)".[2]

Avery Johnson of Southern University holds the all-time NCAA Division I record for single season assists per game (apg) average (13.30), which he accomplished in 1987–88.[3] He also recorded 399 assists that season, which is the second highest single season mark behind UNLV's Mark Wade's record of 406, which occurred in 1986–87.[4] From 1952–53 to 1982–83, the official NCAA record book has no assists per game leaders.[4] Oklahoma freshman Trae Young was the first player to lead the NCAA in both assists and points in the 2017–18 season, while Murray State sophomore Ja Morant was the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists throughout the same season in the 2018–19 season.

Only three players have earned multiple assist titles: Avery Johnson of Southern (1987, 1988), Jared Jordan of Marist (2006, 2007), and Jason Brickman of LIU Brooklyn (2013, 2014).[5][6] There has been one tie for the national assists leader, which happened during the 2004–05 season when Damitrius Coleman of Mercer and Will Funn of Portland State recorded identical season statistics: 28 games played, 224 total assists and an 8.00 apg average.[7]

Through 2019, only three freshmen (T. J. Ford, Lonzo Ball, and Trae Young) and two sophomores (Jason Kidd and Ja Morant) have led Division I in average assists.[4][8][9] Two players born outside the United States have led Division I in assists — 1995–96 leader Raimonds Miglinieks of UC Irvine, born in modern-day Latvia (the Latvian SSR of the Soviet Union at the time of his birth), and 1999–2000 leader Mark Dickel of UNLV, born in New Zealand.

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Assists leadersEdit

 
Jason Kidd won the assists title in 1993–94.
 
T. J. Ford was the first freshman to lead NCAA Division I in assists.
 
Lonzo Ball became the second freshman to do so, in 2016–17.
 
Trae Young was the third freshman to lead in assists and the first player to lead in both points and assists in 2017–18.
Season Player Pos. Cl. Team Games
played
Assists APG Ref.
1950–51 Bill Walker G Sr Toledo 29 210 7.24 [4]
1951–52 Tom O'Toole G Sr Boston College 27 213 7.89 [4]
1953–83
No assists leaders recorded
1983–84 Craig Lathen G Jr UIC 29 274 9.45 [10]
1984–85 Robbie Weingard G Sr Hofstra 24 228 9.50 [11]
1985–86 Mark Jackson G Jr St. John's 36 328 9.11 [12]
1986–87 Avery Johnson G Jr Southern 31 333 10.74 [5]
1987–88 Avery Johnson (2) G Sr Southern 30 399 13.30 [5]
1988–89 Glenn Williams G Sr Holy Cross 28 278 9.93 [11]
1989–90 Todd Lehmann G Sr Drexel 28 260 9.29 [13]
1990–91 Chris Corchiani G Sr NC State 31 299 9.65 [14]
1991–92 Van Usher G Sr Tennessee Tech 29 254 8.76 [11]
1992–93 Sam Crawford G Sr New Mexico State 34 310 9.12 [15]
1993–94 Jason Kidd* G So California 30 272 9.07 [8]
1994–95 Nelson Haggerty G Sr Baylor 28 284 10.14 [16]
1995–96 Raimonds Miglinieks G Sr UC Irvine 27 230 8.52 [11]
1996–97 Kenny Mitchell G Sr Dartmouth 26 203 7.81 [17]
1997–98 Ahlon Lewis G Sr Arizona State 32 294 9.19 [18]
1998–99 Doug Gottlieb G Jr Oklahoma State 34 299 8.79 [19]
1999–00 Mark Dickel G Sr UNLV 31 280 9.03 [20]
2000–01 Markus Carr G Jr Cal State Northridge 32 286 8.94 [21]
2001–02 T. J. Ford G Fr Texas 33 273 8.27 [9]
2002–03 Martell Bailey G Jr UIC 30 244 8.13 [22]
2003–04 Greg Davis G Sr Troy 31 256 8.26 [23]
2004–05 Damitrius Coleman G Jr Mercer 28 224 8.00 [7]
2004–05 Will Funn G Sr Portland State 28 224 8.00 [7]
2005–06 Jared Jordan G Jr Marist 29 247 8.52 [6]
2006–07 Jared Jordan (2) G Sr Marist 33 286 8.67 [6]
2007–08 Jason Richards G Sr Davidson 36 293 8.14 [24]
2008–09 Johnathon Jones G Jr Oakland 36 290 8.06 [25]
2009–10 Ronald Moore G Sr Siena 34 261 7.68 [26]
2010–11 Aaron Johnson G Sr UAB 31 239 7.71 [27]
2011–12 Scott Machado G Sr Iona 33 327 9.91 [28]
2012–13 Jason Brickman G Jr LIU Brooklyn 34 289 8.50 [29]
2013–14 Jason Brickman (2) G Sr LIU Brooklyn 29 289 9.97 [30]
2014–15 Jalan West G Jr Northwestern State 32 246 7.69 [31]
2015–16 Kay Felder G Jr Oakland 35 324 9.26 [32]
2016–17 Lonzo Ball G Fr UCLA 36 274 7.61 [33]
2017–18 Trae Young G Fr Oklahoma 32 279 8.71 [34]
2018–19 Ja Morant G So Murray State 33 331 10.03 [35]

ReferencesEdit

General
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Specific
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