College Basketball's Top 15 Centers Going into the New Season

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College Basketball's Top 15 Centers Going into the New Season
Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
The expectation for Kentucky's Nerlens Noel are huge

The upcoming college basketball season will see schools across the country rely heavily on their centers to achieve success, which made ranking the best at the position a challenging endeavor.

The first obstacle I encountered was trying to identify who, in fact, is a center. With so many teams running three guards and various zone schemes, the line between forward and center has become almost nonexistent. I decided to be as literal as possible. Even if someone stands 6’10” and spends most of his time in the paint, unless he is officially listed as a center, said athlete did not make the list (even that is easier in theory than in practice).

This means guys like Cody Zeller (who would have been number one) and Mason Plumlee will not appear in the coming slides. 

My second major struggle was determining which incoming freshmen deserved to be ranked higher than the upperclassman. The 2012 Class is loaded with highly regarded centers. ESPN named five in their Top-8 recruits, six in the Top-15 and 11 in the Top-40.

Lastly, the difference in conference talent and style of play made this far more than a statistically driven product. The No. 15 player has vastly superior numbers than our third spot, but five rebounds in the Big Ten carry more clout than 10 in the SoCon.

Lists like this are far from an exact science, so please let your opinions be heard below.

Let the rankings begin.

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