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Top 20 College Basketball Power Forwards for the 2019-2020 Season: 10-1

Top 20 College Basketball Power Forwards for the 2019-2020 Season: 10-1

1.Kerry Blackshear-Florida

The best available immediate eligible transfer from Virginia Tech chose to go back to his home state in Florida. Blackshear will be an impact star and likely All-American for Florida and make them a national title contender. He can get to his spot active offensively great touch around the rim and can step away. Blackshear is a matchup problem that will give defense fits. Defensively, he does not have great feet or length and can get faced up an attacked. Overall, he’s one of the most dominant big men in the country.

2. Tristan Clark, Forward, Baylor

Clark is a dynamic athlete who possesses great skill and he dives to the basket very hard. His activity on offense is really good, as he looks for post-ups with active hands. He is very smooth around the basket, being able to operate attacking both sides. He’s an all-around post player with good feel, footwork and ability to explode to the basket. His ability to get in good post defense position allows him to help well. His feet move very well giving him the ability to move laterally. As long as his health is good, he will be an all-Big 12 performer.

3. Killian Tille-Gonzaga

His ability to score at all levels is really good and his shot is very smooth. He moves extremely well without the ball as a big and his ability to spread the floor is great. He’s very effective off of ball screen action, as he’s able to pop for a perimeter shot or drive to the basket as a roller. Health is the only thing going against Tille as he missed the end of the 2017-2018 season and the majority of the 2018-2019 season. He moves his feet very well defensively and is great in helping and recovering. The ability to guard in the interior and the perimeter is very solid. Tille will look to stay healthy in order to make himself a first-round pick in the 2020 NBA draft.

4. Xavier Tillman-Michigan State

Image result for xavier tillmanTillman a tough player who operates around the basket very well with good feet. He’s very active on defense. As a great rebounder, he consistently gives max effort on the boards. His hands are very active and he does a good job of closing out on shooters. He’s active in the post on offense, but struggles to finish when a secondary defender digs down to help. While he is one-on-one with a good matchup, he can score at a high level. To take the next step he must be able to operate with others and be stronger with the ball.

 

5. Lamar Stevens-Penn State

Stevens has really good control and physicality. He has a very solid mid-range jumper in which he takes in rhythm. The feel he plays with is really good and he has the ability to attack isolation posts. He can utilize his physicality and dominate more in the post and get post-up opportunities. His post defense is really good, as he has great positioning and good strength. His length and ability to guard on the perimeter is very solid. Peters is a very well rounded defender who could have a huge year next season for Penn State.

6. Yoeli Childs-BYU

Childs gives great strength and versatility to BYU and gives them a consistent go-to threat. Also, he brings really good athleticism with the ability to get to the basket and protect the basket. Further, his ability to make mid-range jumpers and bring effective post moves makes himself a matchup problem. He will be suspended the first nine games of the season due to his involvement in the NBA draft process.

7. Jalen Smith-Maryland

Smith is super athletic and is very active on the boards. He must improve his body to become stronger to operate in the interior. Smith is solid around the basket and can clean up misses well, but needs to develop a go-to move in the post. He can step away and hit perimeter shots. Smith is a really good rim protector and alters a lot of shots. He has the ability to continue to improve and be a top 15 pick in the NBA draft in 2020.

8. Reggie Perry-Mississippi State

Image result for reggie perryPerry is really athletic and brings good physicality in post-up situations, but needs better touch around the basket in heavily contested shots. Further, his ability to make perimeter jumpers consistently is good. Perry must improve upon becoming a better driver to complete his arsenal. He has a very high ceiling to develop into one of the best players in the country next season. He moves his feet really well with the ability to guard multiple positions showing his great versatility.

 

9. Jaden McDaniels-Washington

McDaniels has great explosiveness and is really long. The freshman can finish around the basket easily. He is going to score with the ability to hit mid-range jumpers consistently and will continue to stretch out his range. Also, he runs the floor really well and creates good spacing. He must continue to build his body to become more effective in the post and as a defender. Also, he must have a better mentality on the defensive end to be a complete player.

10. Obi Toppin-Dayton

Toppin is very skilled and brings very good physicality. Also, the ability to make perimeter jumpers on a consistent basis makes him a very dangerous matchup. He can score with ease around the basket with great touch and feel. Further, if his ball-handling takes the next step he can become an elite player because his driving ability is great. He moves very well around the basket, getting in great position. He must move his feet better to become a better defender on the perimeter. He can struggle to rotate over and contest jumpers. Toppin has the capability to lead Dayton to the NCAA tournament next season.

 

Images Courtesy of, Lansing State Journal, The Clarion-Ledger, Sporting News

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