With the 2021-22 season in the books after last night’s National Championship game, Saint Louis third-year guard Yuri Collins has officially claimed the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA this year in total assists (267) and assists per game (7.9).
A first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection, Collins’ 267 assists this year were the most by an NCAA player since the 2018-19 season, when Ja Morant (Murray State) and Cassius Winston (Michigan State) recorded 331 and 291 assists, respectively.
Collins, who also finished second on the Billikens with 11.1 ppg, owns every school assist record at Saint Louis. His 554 career assists are already a school record, and the 267 helpers this year broke SLU’s single-season record. Collins dished out a school-record 19 assists in a game versus Boston College earlier this year.
Collins joins two Billiken legends who have led the NCAA in a major statistical category in a season. Ed Macauley led the nation in field-goal percentage (.524) during the 1948-49 campaign. Anthony Bonner was the NCAA leader in rebounds per game (13.8) in 1989-90.