As usual, most of the preseason buzz in college basketball has focused on high-scoring stars like Harrison Barnes and Perry Jones.
As important as those players will be, though, offense alone does not make for a championship team (see Fredette, Jimmer).
It’s time to give some love to the other side of the ball. Defensive skills turned Kawhi Leonard and Chris Singleton into first-round picks this spring, and there are plenty of standout defenders waiting to step into their shoes in the college ranks.
Read on for a look at the 10 toughest defenders in the country entering 2011-12.