The Top 5 Blocked Shots of the College Basketball Season

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2013

The Top 5 Blocked Shots of the College Basketball Season

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    If you love college basketball as much as the rest of us, then you know that nothing stands out like a great blocked shot.

    Watching a defender soar through the air like he grew wings and swat a basketball five rows deep into the stands could be one of the most enjoyable things to watch in all of sports.

    With March Madness right around the corner, is there a better time to relive five of the best blocked shots of this past college season?

    Hoops fans get ready, because it's about to go down.

Chris Obekpa Seals a St. Johns Victory with a Huge Block

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    Chris Obekpa has been dubbed the next Dikembe Mutombo by St. John's fans.

    This season, Obekpa has shown the country that he is a big time force of nature on the hardwood.

    Obekpa, a dominant defensive big man who controls the paint, has become an unrelenting weapon for his St. John's team.

    Trying to pick out his best block is like trying pick out your favorite Sports Illustrated model—it's just not going to happen.

    But if one stands out above the rest, it is this monster block against school rival Notre Dame in Madison Square Garden.

    In a back-and-forth affair, Irish guard Pat Connaughton slashed to the basketball in hopes of tying the game. Only instead of becoming a hero, Connaughton got his shot smashed into the floor courtesy of Obekpa and his incredible shot-blocking ability.

    Sure blocking a shot is great and all, but is there anything more satisfying than blocking a shot that wins the game for your team and makes the highlight reels?

Jeff Withey Becomes a Big 12 Legend

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    Kansas center Jeff Withey may not be the flashiest player on the court—he may not even be the best player on the court—but the Jayhawks big man could be the most important.

    Earlier this year, Withey made history when he became the career leader in blocked shots in the Big 12.

    In an era when we drool over the one-and-done players, Jeff Withey's record serves as a breath of fresh air. It shows that all of the hard work and dedication to becoming an elite college player does in fact pay off.

    Sure this might be the most "boring" block on the list, but it's significance alone is deserving of a spot.

    Oh yeah—Jeff Withey also leads the nation with 120 blocked shots on the year. Talk about an impact player.

Jerami Grant Hurts Notre Dame's Feelings

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    First Chris Obekpa, now Jerami Grant—can't the Fighting Irish catch a break?

    A few weeks back, the freshman Syracuse forward decided to be disrespectful towards the basketball.

    Flying through the sky, Grant airmailed the Irish's shot into the stands, along with a stamp and a final destination.

    My oh my—what a block!

Nerlens Noel Decides to Block 12 Shots vs. Ole Miss

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    Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is a nightmare on defense.

    This season, the 6'11" forward showed the nation that he is one of the best shot blockers to ever play college basketball.

    Before his horrible knee injury, Noel was regularly hosting block parties every time the Wildcats got on the court.

    In the clip above, watch as Noel decides to block 12 shots vs. Ole Miss. Yes—he blocked 12 shots in one game.

    Sorry Marshawn Lynch, but it has to be said: BEAST MODE!

Victor Oladipo Swats the Ball into Never Never Land

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    Is there a more entertaining player in college basketball right now than Indiana's Victor Oladipo?

    The 20-year-old junior guard plays like a man possessed on both sides of the ball.

    An incredibly aggressive and dynamic athlete, Oladipo and shot blocking go together like PED's and Alex Rodriguez.

    Last night while playing Ohio State, Oladipo decided it would be fun to run down Buckeyes' guard Shannon Scott and send his shot three rows deep as a gift to a wild Indiana fanbase.

    Press play and watch Oladipo unleash one of the most savage blocked shots in recent memory.