Friday, October 15, 2010

Player Rankings: Top Defenders


Perimeter (Not in any particular order)

  • Venoy Overton, Washington: Part of a very quick backcourt, Overton is a pest defensively.
  • Jay Threatt, Delaware State: Led the country in both steals per game and steal percentage last season.
  • Ronald Nored, Butler: Developed a reputation as the arguably the nation’s premier on-ball defender.
  • Chris Singleton, Florida State: Given his length and athleticism, Singleton is a future lockdown pro.
  • Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion: The primary reason that Old Dominion was the best defensive team in the CAA.
  • David Lighty, Ohio State: Can guard multiple positions, and does not back down from a challenge.
  • Jackson Emery, BYU: Overshadowed by Jimmer Fredette, Emery is an all-conference defender.
  • Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt: When guarding the ball, Taylor is tough to beat due to his size and athleticism.
  • Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech: If you need proof about his prowess, just look at his postseason opponents.
  • Jorge Gutierrez, California: Will have to improve his scoring this season, but it is his defense that will still shine.

Post (Not in any particular order)

  • Kenneth Faried, Morehead State: Very athletic big man will be an NBA player very soon.
  • Greg Echenique, Creighton: Will immediately be the top interior defender in the Missouri Valley.
  • JaJuan Johnson, Purdue: His length and athleticism gives him a chance to dominate the lane with his shot-blocking.
  • David Foster, Utah: The 7-foot-3 Foster is the nation’s leader in block percentage; he also averaged nearly four per game.
  • Zeke Marshall, Akron: Averaged 1.7 blocks in limited minutes last season, ranking him 13th in block percentage.
  • Damian Saunders, Duquesne: You can include him either here or on the perimeter; extremely versatile defender.
  • Keith Benson, Oakland: He blocked at least five shots on 10 different occasions last season.
  • Rick Jackson, Syracuse: Physical interior defender who blocks shots and rebounds effectively.
  • Eli Holman, Detroit: Former Indiana transfer ranked in the top-40 in both block and defensive rebound percentage.
  • John Fields, Tennessee: Was one of the best defensive rebounders and shot-blockers in the country last season.

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