The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy wrapped up his positional rankings this morning by breaking down the top 10 centers in college basketball. As you might expect, Skal Labissiere came in at #1.
“There are veteran college big men whose size, strength and knowledge will cause him problems, but there aren’t many,” DeCourcy writes. “And none of them owns the same degree of mobility and skill as Labissiere. The questions for Labissiere are these: how fast does he get it, and can whatever ‘it’ he masters hold up under big-game pressure?”
All valid questions, the former of which I feel pretty confident about after Derek Willis told reporters that Skal’s picking “it” up faster than anyone he’s seen during his time at Kentucky.
“You can tell he’s offensively talented,” Willis said of Skal. “Defensively, coming out of high school that’s just something that people don’t really key in on, and now it’s like, ‘Here, that’s what we do.’ He’s picked it up quicker than really anybody I’ve seen the past two, three years here.”
A recap of where UK’s guys ranked in DeCourcy’s series:
- Point guard: 7. Tyler Ulis
- Small forward: 1. Jamal Murray
- Power forward: 7. Alex Poythress
- Center: 1. Skal Labissiere
Not too shabby.