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Nerlens Noel is one of ESPN.com’s “10 Scariest Defenders”

With the college basketball season just one week away, and because it’s Halloween, ESPN’s college basketball blog ranked the Top 10 Scariest Defenders entering the 2012-13 season.

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft earned the top spot for being “America’s best on-ball defender,” followed by Jeff Withey of Kansas, Gorgui Dieng, and then your favorite flattop at No. 4:

4. Nerlens Noel (Kentucky): Does a freshman belong on this list? Have you see him play? Noel, much like Anthony Davis a year ago, is an easy projection. He was equally dominant at the prep level. The 6-10 freshman should be a force at the collegiate level, too. It’s too early to call him a Davis clone. Davis was a well-rounded defender who blocked and changed shots outside of the post, too. Noel, however, has Davis’ defensive tools. He’s long, extremely athletic and displays perfect timing on the defensive end in his shot-blocking. Within a few weeks, he’ll prove that he belongs here.

Victor Oladipo (Indiana), C.J. Aiken (Saint Joseph’s), Michael Snaer (Florida State), Zeke Marshall (Akron), C.J. McCollum (Lehigh), and Briante Weber (VCU) round out the top 10.

This is how scary Jeff Withey is:

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for Nerlens Noel is one of ESPN.com’s “10 Scariest Defenders”



  1. GoCats2
    12:12 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Aaron Craft is scary like a clown is scary. With those rosey red cheeks he looks like Raggedy Andy.



  2. Rambo
    12:17 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Brow Down, definately Brow Down, a moment of silence please! Thanks!



  3. NBA league pass
    12:21 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Aaron Craft could be the most over rated player in college basketball. He also fouls (handcheck) at least 7 times on every play.



  4. Bob Sugar
    12:22 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Oladipo couldn’t stay in front of his shadow against Kentucky. His inclusion on this list is laughable.



  5. Brandon Knight's crossover
    12:22 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    m I missing something about Aaron Craft? Best defender in the nation?



  6. Evil
    12:29 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Listening to the podcast. I love that if you criticize matt, it is because you are jealous. You can driticize someone without wanting to be them. That is ridiculous logic.



  7. I'm Batman
    12:30 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Craft gets away with so much fouling. I don’t know why refs let him get away with it



  8. shields eyes
    12:38 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Does Thad Matta have to smack Aaron Craft all the time?



  9. Devastation INC
    12:52 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Seems like his cheeks have been playing at OSU for like 10 years now.



  10. RealCatsFan
    12:54 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Need to fix the picture of the dude in the hockey mask – took picture in mirror, so it is reversed. Simple fix with any photo editing software.

    Aaron Craft looks to me like he could have a rousing career as a mime after basketball…



  11. John Wall
    12:55 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Aaron craft couldnt defend a bowl of jello



  12. Captian Obvious
    12:58 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    i don’t know wHy hE getS aWay witH IT Either.



  13. Captian Obvious
    1:00 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    @7. It’s obvious if you read between the lines.



  14. Brassow!!!
    1:02 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    SCOTT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL IS SOOOO PISSED MATT GAVE THEIR NUMBER OVER THE AIR!!!!!!!



  15. Lol
    1:24 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    10 “picture of dude…” dude is Nerlens, just fyi.



  16. Need to know
    1:24 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone know of a UK based sports bar in or around Asheville, NC?

    I will be there during the season opener v. Maryland.



  17. NYC bound
    1:56 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Aside from Demseys is there a meeting place/pep rally over in Brooklyn near arena planned for next Fri? Bueller?



  18. RealCatsFan
    2:26 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    #15, I knew I liked that Dude for a reason! 😀



  19. briante weber
    3:01 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    do you pronounce my name bree-ahn-tay or bry-ant or bree-ahnt



  20. briante weber
    3:03 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    or bree-ann-tee