Last year i thought the best defender period was Chris Singleton because he could lock down guards or post players. But this year everyone knows Anthony Davis is the best post defender but who is everyones best perimeter defender. Mines is Aaron Craft of Ohio State. He reminds me alot of Kyle Lowry and Chris Paul because he tough, hard nose, a pest to the opposition and his defensive IQ is sky high. Also he moves his feet better than anyone i've seen this year and he's very active with his hands in poking the ball away or denying passing lanes.
He can pick you up full court and press or he can lock his man down in a half court situation. I wasnt able to watch him as much as i wanted to but he really impressed me defensively. Especially in the Duke game earlier in the year where he was a terror to their guards all night.
I think Marcus Denmon is a great defender. He plays fundamentally sound and tough, and he can get steals too.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is good too all-around.
I think Aaron Craft will be a solid backup point guard in the NBA. He is tough, smart, and a pass-first player with good defense. With all the shoot-first combo guards masquerading as point guards he could have a good niche in the NBA.
Jae Crowder for Marquette has to be up there...i donno what his NBA value is going to be tho
jeremy lamb will be able to guard 1 through 3 depending on matchups. he's not the best tho... mkg!?
I do agree with Craft being the best perimeter defender...he has the quickest hands in of all college basketball. I think Kevin Young(Kansas) is a very underrated defender.
Anthony Davis is the best weak side defender(shoot blocker) in the country, dont know if hes the best post defender.
Reggie Bullock is a solid defender now and could become very good.
Strickland was a very good perimeter defender too before he went down with an injury.
Henson is a great and underrated interior defender. I was scepticle at first that he was more than a shotblocker but in the Florida St game they gave up 85 points to a team that is not known for scoring. Also FSU shot 59% from the field in that game. In both games that Henson missed Carolina combined to block only one shot. Henson's value as a defender is vastly underrated.
craft might be best at pg but you cant count out versatility... jeffrey taylor, mkg, lamb are all good choices and possible future nba shut down defenders
also terrence jones (with the right mindset) at sf can be very successful. specially cuss he wants to be good and he wont be able to display it on the offensive side as much in the nba due to his lack of skill so he will give 100% on defense
Im a carolina fan and i know strickland is a very good defender and Bullock is very underrated as a defender and if whoever doesnt see how good Henson is defensively they must cant see. Im not counting out versatility i just think craft is the best defender in college. I think that he does it without elite athletism is a major plus. I created this post to see who everyone else best defender was mines is craft.
I like Snaer, as well as Shabazz Napier. And I hate it when my Boilermakers play against Craft, so he must be good. But the best could very well be some guy from some low-major team or something who no one has ever heard of because he doesn't score or play for a big school.
He may not be the best in college basketball but he should be in consideration. A tough kid with a lot of heart. Plays with tenacity and isn't afraid of anyone. Even won the Pac-12 DPOY even though the conference as a whole was weak. May find himself in a back-up role somewhere in the NBA. Has been on the second round of the mock for a while now.
Kidd-Gildchrist is a guy I really like defensively. He's not the best, but he's up there because he slides his feet well and puts a lot of pressure on the ball. He's one of the reasons that Anthony Davis has as many blocks as he has. Davis knows that Gilchrist has him covered if the shooter fakes.
And for post, or help-side defenders Anthony Davis is the best. Primarily becuase of his qucikness, agility, and leaping ability. It helps Kentucky's perimeter defenders knowing that they have help behind them to back them up.
And even though it's in a zone, Fab Melo is anohter great shot blocker that comes over quickly on the weakside help. However he's gonna need some help in the tourney beause I think Vandy will be able to break their zone. The key is that once Melo comes over, the other Syracuse defenders have to be aware of the cutters and the backdoor.
And also, can someone try to talk me out of picking St.Mary's over Kansas. This one is killing me. At times Kansas looks like their the best team in the country but at other times it looks as if they just string turnover after turnover.
Watching the St.Mary's Gonzaga game, I really think that as long as they move the ball and get open shots, that they can beat just about anybody.
The "experts" are all saying that Kansas might lose in the first round the Detroit, which really confused me.
@aamir543- yes Detroit actually has a decent chance to beat Kansas. As you said, Kansas could sometime string together turnover after turnover and Detroit has a NBA caliber point guard in Ray McCallum who could really dominate TyShawn Taylor and force him to turn the ball over more than he usually does (which is a lot). I'm not saying they will win but for a 15 seed, they have a good chance.
is how bad the opposing players and coach hate him. He consistantly locks up guys. His footwork is great and he gets his hands on balls all the time. The stats will say he has between 2 and 3 steals a game but he causes at least 5 turn overs every game. He will spring on guys all the time and they will dribble off their foot out bounds, that technically should be a steal. He likes to chase guys down on the break and swipe the ball as they go for a layup, some how he doesnt get credit for a steal (if it goes off there leg)or a block.
Aaron Craft is probably the most active perimeter defender in college right now. Hands are always moving keeping the ballhandler on edge and if there's ever an opening the ball is gone.. Also when helping down low always catches ball..
Greg Whitington of Georgetown is an amazing defender especially for a freshman. The older John Thompson said in an interview that he has the potential to be the best defender to ever play at Georgetown.
There is a pretty good chance we will see these two defenders play eachother in the Sweet 16.
Also providence...totally agree with you on Strickland and Henson but I have to point out that Florida State did score 90 on UNC when both players were healthy earlier in the year.
Victor Oladipo from Indiana needs to start getting into this discussion nationally. He's never physically outmatched on the college level and can pressure a pg or chase a wing around. He's strong and has trememendous footspeed at 6'5. He's an elite defender at 3 different positions and can pick up anybody full court
IDK if there are any legit NBA point guards in college hoops right now, but if their are any, they'd love to see Aaron Craft in this tourney. MKG on the other hand is a legit NBA defender. Much more versatile, much better overall.
Victor Oladipo is a great mention. I dont know why I forgot about him he's one of my favorite players in the country.
Kyle Kuric and peyton siva deserve some consideration.......
dex strickland was by far the best i saw year, its just a shame he went down like he did......bullocks is nice but dex was on another level he was the defensive closer..his presence was greatly missed especially in the first duke game and the conf. champ game..with him and henson i had them easily going to the F4, now i dont see them going farther then the elite 8.....
I think it's a Missouri Tiger, but it's not Marcus Denmon.
I think it's Kim English, he guards 1's 2's and 3's and face up 4's like Perry Jones on the perimter and with his size at 6'6'' 225lbs a lot of guys have so much difficulty with him. He can also take 4's on the block, and although this isn't most versitile defender I feel he's a noticably better perimeter defender than Denmon and one of the best in the nation.
Probably not the best, but James Ennis on Long Beach State is pretty good. Good size, long wingspan, moves very well.