Friday, October 10, 2008

Player Rankings: Top Defensive Players



Jerel McNeal, Marquette: Very active and aggressive defender racks up steals.
Marcus Ginyard, North Carolina: Very good length and size helps him defend many positons.
Darren Collison, UCLA: Jumpstarts the Bruins' team defense at the point of attack.
Garrett Temple, LSU: His length and versatility enable him to defend multiple positions.
Chris Kramer, Purdue: Relentless on the defensive end; his hustle helps him tremendously.
Justin Mason, Texas: Can defend both guards and forwards due to his athleticism.
Toney Douglas, Florida State: Led the ACC in steals last season; he has quick hands.
Paul Gause, Seton Hall: An absolute pest for opponents to go up against.
Devan Downey, South Carolina: Plays the passing lanes better than anyone in the college game.

Cedrick Jackson, Cleveland State: Former St. John’s transfer has always been a lockdown defender.
Travis Walton, Michigan State: All-Defensive team member for the past two seasons; comes off the bench.


Hasheem Thabeet/Jeff Adrien, Connecticut: Will help Huskies lead nation in blocks – again.
Taj Gibson, USC: Can block shots due to his athleticism and active ways around basket.
Omar Samhan/Diamon Simpson, St. Mary’s: Vastly underrated defensive duo.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State: The best shot-blocker in the college game, he changes games.
Trevor Booker, Clemson: He won’t have James Mays anymore, but Booker blocks shots.
Jeff Allen, Virginia Tech: He is only going to improve as a sophomore in the ACC.
Jerome Jordan, Tulsa: Absolutely dynamite shot-blocker is tough to score on.
Larry Sanders, VCU: Very long and athletic forward is a defensive menace in the CAA.
Marquis Blakely, Vermont: One of the best defenders and rebounders on the mid-major level.
Jordan Hill, Arizona: Needs to decrease his unnecessary fouls, but Hill can real
ly block shots.

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