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Anthony Davis considered college basketball’s No. 1 lockdown defender of the decade

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Kentucky boasts two of the top lockdown defenders of the decade.

In a ranking of the top defenders in college basketball since 2010, Andy Katz of NCAA.com listed Anthony Davis at No. 1 overall, followed by Willie Cauley-Stein at No. 7.

Davis topped the list of several familiar names, including the likes of Aaron Craft and Russ Smith.

Check out the rankings:

1. Anthony Davis
2. Malcolm Brogdon
3. Jevon Carter
4. De’Andre Hunter
5. Aaron Craft
6. Russ Smith
7. Willie Cauley-Stein
8. Udoka Azubuike
9. Matisse Thybulle
10. Victor Oladipo

In his lone season in Lexington, Davis earned National Player of the Year, National Defensive Player of the Year, and Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors. Starting all 40 games, the former Wildcat led the team in points (14.2) and rebounds (10.4), along with breaking the UK single-season blocks record with 186 swats on the year.

As for Cauley-Stein, the 7-foot center was a consensus First Team All-American, National Defensive Player of the Year by the NABC, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-SEC, and was a finalist for numerous national player of the year honors. Cauley-Stein became the first player in UK history to amass 200 or more blocks and 100 or more steals, was one of eight players in program history with 500 or more rebounds, 100 or more blocks and 75 or more steals, and ranks second in the UK record books with 233 career blocked shots.

Did any other Wildcats deserve to make the cut?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

9 Comments for Anthony Davis considered college basketball’s No. 1 lockdown defender of the decade



  1. IrishCat
    8:56 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    MKG should be on the list too.



    • Park
      9:18 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed. MKG’s pressure on the wing actually helped Davis accumulate those blocks.



  2. njcat
    9:12 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    MKG was a better lockdown defender than WCS, but didn’t have the stats because he wasn’t 7 ft tall and only played one year.

    They don’t win the chip if he doesn’t block Tyshawn Taylor’s shot w/ a minute to go. KU had ALL the momentum and would have only been down 4.



  3. lexattorney
    10:17 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    No MKG=no credibility.



    • 4everUKBlue
      8:04 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      I really hope you know more about the law than you do basketball.



  4. T-Town Cat
    10:19 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    Nerlens was pretty good, too, as were Ulis and Liggins. Each took pride in their defense.



  5. CrystalBall
    10:31 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    Personally, I never thought Aaron Craft was that good. Couldn’t defend Brandon Knight.



  6. 4everUKBlue
    8:04 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s not forget about Deandre Liggins.



    • IrishCat
      8:41 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      A good defender. Not even in the same league as MKG.