College Basketball 2015: Power Ranking Top 10 Centers
2015 College Basketball
October 15, 2015
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With the guards out of the way, it’s time to power rank the top centers in college basketball. While this position is becoming a dying breed in the NBA, a solid center can go a long way to having a successful season at the college level.
Here are the top centers entering the 2015 college basketball season.
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1. Jakob Poeltl, Utah - As a freshman last year, Jakob Poeltl shot 68.1 percent from the field while averaging nearly seven rebounds and two blocks per game. Keep in mind that Poeltl averaged just 23.3 minutes per game. With more of a workload on his plate this year, Poeltl has a chance to really dominate the Pac-12 like no other.
2. A.J. Hammons, Purdue - A.J. Hammons has been a double-digit scorer in each of his three years at Purdue, and he’s averaged no less than two blocks each season. Hammons has the ability to be unstoppable night in and night out, but he needs to do a better job of staying out of foul trouble.
3. Zach Auguste, Notre Dame - Zach Auguste really took off his junior year, averaging nearly 13 points, 6.5 rebounds and shooting a solid 61.9 percent from the field. Now that he really got his feet wet, Auguste is ready to be the leader of this Notre Dame squad and help the Irish get back to the Big Dance. Just follow this 6’10” big man.
4. Amida Brimah, UConn - Amida Brimah is the definition of a rim protector, as he’s produced 213 block in two seasons with the UConn Huskies. Brimah also improved his field goal percentage 3.4 percent from last season and is now shooting 66.2 percent in his career. NBA scouts have to love Brimah, as he’s just now starting to figure out the game of basketball after spending much of his youth playing soccer.
5. Diamond Stone, Maryland - Diamond Stone is a five-star recruit and one of the reasons why lots of folks think the Maryland Terps can win a championship. Stone is very skilled offensively and his 6’10”, 250-pound frame demands double teams often. Stone is certainly a young player to watch this season.
6. Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona - Kaleb Tarczewski has done a lot of the little things right for the Arizona Wildcats his first three seasons. Now that Tarczewski is a senior, he should get a lot more touches and be one of the go-to guys for Arizona. Look for Tarczewski to continue to eat up rebounds, but this should also be the first time in his career where he averages double-digit points.
7. Markus Kennedy, SMU - Markus Kennedy is a very skilled big man who averaged 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 steals with the SMU Mustangs last season. Kennedy does a lot of things well for a guy 6’9”, 245 pounds and he once again gives SMU a chance to do something special in the AAC.
8. Damian Jones, Vanderbilt - Damian Jones has improved in each of his first two seasons, as last year he averaged 14.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and two blocks per game. If Jones could improve his free throw shooting this season, he’ll easily be one of the most dominant players in the SEC.
9. Cheick Diallo, Kansas - There’s still questions as to whether or not Cheick Diallo can play this season, but from a talent standpoint he has to be on this list. Diallo runs the floor extremely well for a guy his size, plays with a ton of energy and is a terrific defender. If the NCAA allows Diallo to play this season, the Kansas Jayhawks have yet another great big man to rely on in hopes of a deep tournament run.
10. Vashil Fernandez, Valparaiso - Vashil Fernandez was seventh in the country last season with 97 blocks. What’s even more impressive is that Fernandez played less than 25 minutes per game. Considering Fernandez has gotten better each season, you can expect something special as he enters his senior year. The Valparaiso Crusaders are a team to keep an eye on, and it starts with the center from Jamaica.