NBA Draft Prospects: Jarvis Varnado, Shot-Blocker Extradoiniare

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMarch 28, 2008

There aren't that many 6-9 defensive studs out there, in the NBA or in College Basketball. Josh Smith, J.P. Prince, are people that come to mind. However, a kid from Mississippi State by the name of Jarvis Varnado is the best. Only a sophomore, Jarvis is the nation's top defensive player and pound for pound the best defender College Basketball has seen in the last 10 years! Jarvis averages 7.9 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 4.6 BPG. What's surprising is that in some NBA Mock Drafts, he's not even a 1st round pick, which I find completely unethical? He's had a block in all but 2 games this season including tournament play, 20 4+ block performances, 3 games in which he had 10 blocks apiece, not to mention 5 double-doubles which compliment him nicley. At 6-9 210lbs soaking wet and playing the F/C position, Jarvis is constantly outweighed by every opponent he's matched up against but still manages to toss every shot that comes his way into the mezzanine section. The South Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, showed his intensity and durability by blocking 5 shots against Memphis in the elimination of his team 77-74. Jarvis was forced to guard Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Derrick Rose which proves his versatility. With his 4th block in that game, he passed Shaquille O'Neal for the SEC All Time lead in blocks. He was also instrumental in forcing shots and changing shots. J.V.'s strong defensive play reflects in his team ranking in the top three in scoring defense (65 points per game during regular season), field-goal percentage defense (36.9 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.6 percent). A definite shoo-in for NCAA Defensive Player of the Year, Jarvis Varnado will be a monster in the NBA.