Ranking the best college basketball centers in the last cecade

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Mar 14, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) drives to the basket as Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden (90) defends during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

College basketball has a lot of pride and prestige in its history. Since there are so many great players and great teams, I have decided to compile a list that featured the best players per position that have played in the last decade of college basketball (2004-2013). This article will feature the ten best centers in the last decade. With that being said, this list was extremely tough and there were a lot of awesome players that didn’t make the cut. First, lets start with the honorable mentions.

Honorable Mention

Nerlens Noel – Kentucky
Nerlens Noel had to follow up Anthony Davis’ historical season at Kentucky. He did his best as he averaged 4.4 blocks a game during his freshman year. He also had a school record of 12 blocks in a game. Noel suffered an ACL injury that ended his college career and his rookie season in the NBA. If he didn’t get injured we would easily have him ranked on our list because he could have changed the program as much as Davis did.

Jeff Withey – Kansas
Jeff Withey at Kansas was a pretty fun player to watch. He had a game like Cole Aldrich, which is the role of an athletic center. Withey at Kansas won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. He also broke the record that Joakim Noah set in the NCAA Tournament with 31 blocks in the tourney (Noah had 29). In addition, he was an All-American Second Team selection and even made it to the NCAA Championship game.

Nikola Vučević – Southern California
Nikola Vučević played awesome at USC and turned himself into an NBA player. During his development at USC, he became a great center to watch. He had the range from the FT line extended. During his freshman year he averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds and his junior year he left averaging 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds. He became an All Pac 10 performer and an All American Honorable Mention selection.

Cole Aldrich – Kansas
The most important game that Aldrich played at Kansas was when the Jayhawks faced the Tyler Hansbrough led North Carolina Tar Heels. Hansbrough was the National Player of the Year and destined to win a NCAA Championship. Kansas had other plans though. Aldrich played 16 minutes but scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds and left Hansbrough ineffective causing his Kansas team to win. His second year, Aldrich skyrocketed. It was his best year in college as he averaged 14.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks. Aldrich also recorded the first triple double in Kansas history when he had 13 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a game. He also won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

 

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