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: