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Alumni Game Breakdown: Center

The date has been set. In just over a month on September 9th, 2013 the two titans of the Cal era will square off to determine basketball superiority. On one side you have the 2012 National Champions with the addition of Brandon Knight. On the other the 2010 group of all-stars with several years of pro experience. We’ve looked at the match-ups at the 1, 2, 3, and 4. Now its time to look at two of the top five Centers to ever wear the Blue and White. Who will dominate in just under two months? Let’s debate in this week’s breakdown:

2010 Team, DeMarcus Cousins and Perry Stevenson

Last September Cousins and Davis joined up for the first time on the floor of Rupp Arena in last year’s Alumni Game. Davis was a force going for forty points and being generally unstoppable. His effort was only outdone by one man, DeMarcus Cousins who went for 42.  Cousins is on the cusp of becoming a superstar in the NBA. The big man lead the league in scoring and rebounding per minute and if he could get his attitude  in line could be an all-star next season. DeMarcus reconnected with Wall could prove to be an unstoppable duo and push the 2010 team to victory.

Backing up Big Cuz will be Perry Stevenson. Stevenson has been out of the D-League for a few years now so one big question mark will be how ready he is to back-up DeMarcus. In limited minutes he should be fine and he may be able to throw down another UNLV-esque monster jam. He finished fifth in blocks  and I would expect him to rack up a few more as he tries to guard Eloy.

2012 Team, Anthony Davis and Eloy Vargas

You know them you love them. The 2012 Center duo. Anthony Davis will go down as possibly the best player to ever play for Kentucky as no player accomplished more in one season.  Davis has also begun to come into his own as a pro demonstrated by a great showing last week at the team USA open camp. Davis will become one of those players to pay dividends to his college for decades to come as an NBA all star. The only question for this one is how he will match-up with Cousins’ size. It’s a classic speed and athleticism versus power and size battle. Davis is probably the more complete player but I’d expect both of these guys to go for big points once again.

Vargas surprised much of the Big Blue Nation with some solid play at the NBA summer league. I doubt he will make an NBA roster but he still provides a nice option to give AD some rest.

Point Guard: 2010

Shooting Guard:2012

Small Forward: 2012

Power Forward: 2010

Center: 2012

Who do you think will win the battle beneath the basket and the alumni game? No matter what it will certainly be a fun one to watch.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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22 Comments for Alumni Game Breakdown: Center

  1. Michael
    9:37 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure it is Vargas. Just sayin.

  2. Bart Scott
    9:39 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    CAN’T WAIT!!

  3. Lil c
    9:45 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    Porter at the 1, Massielo at the 2, Hood at the 3, Sheray Thomas at the 4, Jared Carter at the 5. One word…… UNSTOPPABLE! 🙂

  4. Smiley Pete
    9:47 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    It’s Vargas, not Vargus. I would also have accepted ‘The Nearly Haitian Sensation’

  5. lonnieb
    9:52 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    I love me some anthony davis….but cousins works him all day long. People forget so quickly how AD got worked a lot guarding bigger stronger bigs…. great help defender…..not great 1 on 1 against good bigs….not to mention cousins much bigger and stronger

  6. Hey
    9:55 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    I think as a true big bodied center, Cousins would win this battle because he could push davis around more if it comes down to a true post battle. Guarding davis would be hard too but I think Patterson and Cousins could stop Davis easier than davis and jones could stop Cousins. Also, Stevenson still should be able to take Vargas. Vargas is garbage.

  7. Jkwoftw
    10:16 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    Davis more complete than Cousins? I don’t think so. Cousins has an incredible offensive arsenal and he’s solid on defense when he tries. Davis is probably already the world’s greatest shot blocker, but other than that he’s raw with overflowing potential.

  8. Lil c
    10:27 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares who is better between Davis and Cousins. One was the key the championship, and the other will be remembered as getting defeated by WV? Seriously, WV? Pisses me off to this day, thinking about how much talent was on that team and how much they underachieved!! Smh.

    Oh we’ll……. Are the twins on campus yet? Lol. 🙂

    10:33 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    When are tickets on sale? anyone know? did I miss?

  10. njCat
    10:53 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    Davis is more of a stretch 4 who swats shots and plays above the rim while Cousins is a huge 5 that plays below the rim. Davis does not match up well w/ NBA 5’s because he is so thin. But with his outside game, he’ll pull Cousins away from the basket and run him ragged in 5 minutes.

  11. buzzard
    12:11 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    Big Cuz is too big and strong for AD. What about tickets?

  12. Purvis Leon
    12:30 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    8 — West Virginia was the ONLY top ten team that squad played all year, and getting our ass mopped up by them was no fluke. That 2010 squad was vastly over rated, and did not defeat a single top twenty team all year. They limped through many games against a VERY weak schedule (playing Louisville and UNC and UConn in a year when NONE of them had a top 40 squad), and got their hat handed to them when they tried that hot dog crap against a true top ten team in West Virginia. Johnny Wall learned a thing or two about real competition that game.

  13. Cat Town Fever
    12:33 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    Cousins is good, but has never faced the kind of conditioning, speed, and range he will have to cover in Davis. The only thing that will keep Davis from scoring 50 is if he gets generous with his team mates and lets them have the ball instead of dropping another three over a tongue-dragging Boogie’s weary head. Cousins can’t stay with him, never has been able to cover a faster opponent.

  14. theSkinny81
    1:38 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    12 – Please stop posing as a UK fan. It makes you sound even more ridiculous.

  15. bobolopolis
    3:48 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    If it was a legit nba game with anything on the line, Cousins would destroy Davis. I love Davis, but there is no way he is stopping the 270lb cousins down low. All Cousins has to do is lean on him and its over.

  16. TyrionTheImp
    7:12 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    DeMarcus will drink AD’s milkshake. This analysis is terrible.

  17. me
    8:35 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not sure how much weight AD has put on, but if you look at recent pix his muscle mass has increased TREMENDOUSLY since the 2012 season. I still think Cousins is a better player currently, and certainly still bigger and stronger, but it won’t be as much of a massacre as some of you think.

  18. stig1115
    9:35 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    You wrote: “Davis was a force going for forty points and being generally unstoppable. His effort was only outdone by one man, DeMarcus Cousins who went for 42. Cousins is on the cusp of becoming a superstar in the NBA.” And then you picked the 2012 team. Nice logic.

  19. lonnieb
    11:25 am July 30, 2013 Permalink

    2010 team rolls…knight might help a bit, but the star power with additional experience will be to much. Its all about matchups and the 2010 team will have the 3 best players….maybe davis in the mix so definitely 3 out the 4 best players. wall and Bledsoe are on a different level…as is cousins. Ppat will hold his own at the 4…and MKG has an edge but he is not really a scorer

  20. PaCATFan
    12:08 pm July 30, 2013 Permalink

    Ticket information available yet?

  21. paducahcat
    12:18 pm July 30, 2013 Permalink

    Did I miss something? Is Orton out?

  22. dancat
    4:55 pm July 30, 2013 Permalink

    When/what event was this picture taken at?