1. Udoka Azubuike-Kansas
Azubuike is a dominant force around the basket with his great size and touch. He has the ability to play above the rim and catch and finish with great touch. Further, his ability to dominate the boards on both
ends is really good, along with his ability to protect the rim. His overall strength makes him a very difficult matchup forcing double teams. Also, he is very good on the left block, drop stepping with force. Defensively he brings really good size and strength with the ability to alter shots. Also, when on the perimeter he doesn’t have great foot speed, but he does a good job of containing dribble penetration.
2. James Wiseman-Memphis
Wiseman has the ability to run the floor at a very high level as well as his ability to be highly skilled with the basketball. Further, he is very dominant with his left hand and very difficult to contain in the post. In addition, he brings great size and length which makes him tough to score against. Also, he brings the ability to dominate the glass on both ends. He can step out and hit perimeter jumpers along with being able to defend on the perimeter. Wiseman will be a dominant force next season and could put Memphis back on the national radar.
3. Trevion Williams-Purdue
Williams has a good jump hook to his right hand and a solid drop step to his right. He’s active in getting post position and is a good screener. Williams is a solid rebounder who needs to develop a left hand and become a better decision-maker. He does a decent job of helping and recovering in ball screen action. Williams doesn’t have the best foot speed and can get attacked by quicker bigs. Also, he communicates well and gives a good effort on defense consistently. Williams will look to make a major leap in his sophomore season.
4. Luka Garza-Iowa
Garza has very good touch around the basket and can step out to the perimeter and hit an occasional three. He’s a solid rebounder and has the ability to face up in the post and shoot over the top. He gives great effort on both ends working to be in the best position. His foot speed is not the best, therefore, he needs deception and skill to get by defenders. This goes along with his inability to move great defensively either. He must improve on taking better angles to be a more effective defender.
5. Isaiah Stewart-Washington
Stewart brings great effort on a consistent basis and is a dominant force around the basket. Also, he rebounds at an extremely high level on both ends. He has the ability to consistently having 20 and 15 games this season. Further, his defense is solid. He moves his feet well and can alter shots at the rim for drivers. Stewart will be the primary post for Washington and will bring a great consistency of effort as a tone-setter.
6. Mamadi Diakite-Virginia
Diakite has a very good ability to find spots in the high post to operate and score. His face-up game is strong with good feel. He is also a good screener and gets second chance opportunities consistently. The activity of Diakite is really impressive and makes many secondary actions happen. Further, he does a very good job of rim-protecting also his ability to hedge and recover is exceptional. He can struggle to guard on the perimeter.
7.Kaleb Wesson-Ohio State
Wesson is very productive around the basket with his soft touch and physical body. He does have the ability to step away from the basket and hit mid-range shots and threes. The area in which he needs to improve is to become stronger with the ball and make better decisions. His stamina to be effective for long periods of times needs to improve. He’s an average post defender who is vulnerable to give up easy points. His ability to help and recover in ball screen action is pretty good. Wesson needs to improve his overall body to be even more productive than a year ago.
8. Vernon Carey Jr.-Duke
Carey will bring a great post presence for Duke with the ability to rebound at a high level. Also, he has the ability to play with his back to the basket by using hook shots and using his strength. He does have a good mid-range jumper and can step away from the basket and be effective. Further, he must continue to build his body and work on his feet to become a reliable defender.
9. Neemias Queta-Utah State
Queta has a really good touch around the basket and cuts very effectively to the basket. Also, he has a good jump hook and gets good post position consistently. He needs to be able to finish through contact more consistently to become a dominant post threat. In addition, he must continue to build his body in order to be a stronger defender in the post. Further, he has good length and moves his feet really well. Queta is looking to be a dominant force in the Mountain West for next season.
10. Steven Enoch Louisville
Enoch brings great size and physicality he has good touch around the basket. He gets very good post positioning and has a very solid jump hook. He’s got really good athleticism and brings really good energy and effectiveness in the post. Furthermore, he’s solid defensively in the post, but he could move his feet more effectively, as well as contesting shots at the rim more consistently. Also, he does hedge and recovers effectively, but he needs to have a stronger build to be a very good post defender.
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