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  • #1261054

    So, I am a 5’6” guy who has always been fascinated by watching enormous human beings play basketball. I’ll always remember seeing Walter Tavares live with Real Madrid, the guy was huuuuge. And this year it seems like all of the 7’2”+ guys have announced their return to CBB, so I thought I would try to make a ranking of players in CBB that are 7’2” or taller. I do not watch that much college basketball, so if I miss someone, please suggest some additions. This is a ranking of the players not as prospects but as college basketball players next year:

    1. Zach Edey (7’4”, 306) — He was the NPOY last year, of course he’s first in the ranking. Hope he does the impossible and improves even more (unlike Tshiebwe last year).
    Projected numbers: 22 ppg, 13 rpg, 2.5 apg, 3 bpg (+ more team success)

    2. Ryan Kalkbrenner (7’2”, 252) — Was arguably the best player on a talented Creighton team, scored 16 ppg on 9.3 FGA, even made some threes. With Kaluma and Nembhard leaving, I hope he’ll look to score more.
    Projected numbers: 20 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.5 bpg

    3. Donovan Klingan (7’2”, 265) — Sanogo is gone, so Klingan could have a Walker Kessler-like sophomore jump. He’s a lot like a slightly minus Kessler (does not have the shooting and has a worse free throw percentage).
    Projected numbers: 12 ppg, 10 rpg, 4 bpg

    4. Aday Mara (7’3”, 245) — I am really hoping Mara ends up at UCLA. He is a polarizing prospect, some have him going top 5 next year, some do not have them in their mocks at all. I will be optimistic, the guy is not rail-thin and has a lot of skill. If not a great prospect, he should be a great college player.
    Projected numbers: 16 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 apg, 3 bpg

    5. Connor Vanover (7’5”, 227, 25 years old) — Was known as Bol Bol’s teammate 7 years ago. Now he’s on his 4th team and in his 6th year of college. Second best shot blocker last year, can shoot the three and was finally able to shoot 50% from the field.
    Projected numbers: 14 ppg, 7 rpg, 3.5 bpg

    6. Jamarion Sharp (7’5”, listed 225 but probably heavier) — Best shot blocker in the NCAA over the last two years. He’s going to be playing with Moussa Cisse next year, and I have no idea what the plan is there, seems like there’s no reason for both of them to be on one team. Still, I hope Sharp finds some playing time and sets some more shot blocking records.
    Projected numbers: 7 ppg, 8 rpg, 4 bpg

    Do you agree with the ranking? Who have I missed?

  • #1261058

    Is this a prospective ranking or a college basketball ranking? If it’s college basketball, imo the rankings are pretty spot on. Prospective outlook on college players though is way off. Also, these measurements to be clear seem to be with shoes.

    • #1261064

      It’s a ranking based on their performance next year in CBB, of course.
      I had to list them in shoes or else Kalkbrenner would not have qualified for 7’2”+, and I really wanted Kalkbrenner to be listed.

  • #1261063

    Mara is the guy I’m trying to get a handle on is he nearer Wemby than say Edey, his draft status varies hugely but he can pass, has a 3 point range and has been compared to Big Z and Pau Gasol so if he does come over to UCLA we will find out where he ranks compared to the other college guys one way or another.

    The Klingan if he had declared this year I think he’d have gone first round but where is anyone’s guess. He doesn’t have Lively’s athleticism but is still a potential man mountain defensive anchor who can run the floor in the NBA so I expect him to be a potential lottery pick next year especially if his offensive range improves now Sanogo has moved on.

    Edey or Kalkbrenner could be 2nd round options whilst the other guys I don’t ever see in the NBA.

  • #1261066

    Pretty sure the tallest guy I seen play live was Alexis Aijinca at the Raptors game. 7’2 with a 7’8 wingspan and he was knocking down all his jumpshots in warmups. He hit like 20 threes in a row I’ll never forget that. Game was a blowout I don’t even remember who we played but I remember waiting for him to sub in all game and they didn’t give him any minutes.


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