College Basketball Recruits in Class of 2014 with Ideal Size for Their Position
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While freak athletes like LeBron James have revolutionized basketball to the point where positions seem meaningless on the floor, they still mean something at the collegiate level.
That being said, versatility is the name of the game today. The ability to play inside and out with size and quickness is coveted by coaches across the country.
With that in mind, read on to see recruits in the class of 2014 that are the ideal size for their position. Measurables and star rankings are courtesy of Scout.com.
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Center Myles Turner is listed at 7’0" and 240 pounds and is the perfect combination of size and speed as a post presence.
The Texas native is as intimidating of a defensive force in the class of 2014 as there is, and will block plenty of shots with his impressive wingspan and leaping ability. Throw in the fact that he is lean for his height, and Turner will be able to cover the entire paint with relative ease.
Furthermore, he will be able to score over smaller defenders and has enough muscle mass to bang around on the block. The height and athleticism combo is the key for this hypothetical listing, and Turner has both in spades.
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Trey Lyles is the No. 1 ranked power forward in the country for the class of 2014, and his size and versatility are big reasons why.
Lyles stands at 6’9” and 210 pounds, which gives him the height and weight to establish himself as a low block scorer. He has soft touch around the basket and will score plenty of points in the paint for whichever school lands his services.
But the most enticing thing about Lyles’ size and game for coaches is the fact that he is athletic enough to score from outside as well. He hits consistently from mid-range and even behind the three-point line and will force defenders to pick their poison when guarding him.
Much like Myles Turner, Lyles possesses that rare combination of intimidating size and dangerous athleticism that makes him such a coveted asset.
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In today’s day and age of small forwards that resemble shooting guards, the 6’6” and 225-pound Stanley Johnson will physically dominate a number of opponents.
The special thing about Johnson is that he can carry as much strength as he does without sacrificing any of his versatility. He is an excellent ball handler and passer who can slice through opposing defenses and play the typical role of small forward as well.
But Johnson’s pure strength and physicality stand out among the rest of his traits. Few small forwards will be able to stop him from getting to the rim or posting them up on the block without help from teammates.
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Only two shooting guards in the country for the class of 2014 are listed as taller than the 6’5” Rashad Vaughn, and neither has anywhere near the amount of talent as the 5-star prospect.
Vaughn is 6’5” and will be able to unleash his deadly long-range shot over almost any opponent that he will be faced up against. Furthermore, he could take shorter defenders down low on the post, although that probably won’t be a major factor in his game.
He is very strong despite the fact he is listed at 190 pounds. He has the physicality to hold his own on the inside but quickness to get around defenders or stay in front of the man he is guarding.
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In terms of physical attributes alone, it doesn’t get much better at the point guard position than Emmanuel Mudiay.
He is 6’4” and 190 pounds and will be taller and stronger than a vast majority of the collegiate points that match up against him, especially with his shocking commitment to SMU. His strength allows him to get to the rim with ease and finish through contact.
Mudiay is tall for a college point guard and will hit a number of shots over the outstretched arms of opponents. If he decided to venture into the paint and post his man up he will probably have the height advantage as well.
If this was a team it would consist of fairly tall players who are extremely athletic. Part of what makes these players all such hyped prospects is the fact that they can do so much on the floor. Mudiay will serve as the floor general on this hypothetical team.
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