Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Top 3 Big 12 Frontcourts

Published on March 7, 2013 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

1. Kansas

Leading the Jayhawks in the frontcourt will be center Jeff Withey (9 ppg). Withey was setting block shots records as Kansas kept advancing in the NCAA tournament. He averaged a crazy 3.6 blocks shots per game and was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He also improved his offensive game a ton last season with Thomas Robinson gone look for him to average in double figures. Look for very talented freshman Perry Ellis to start at the other forward spot. He is a very talented scorer than excels in the mid-range game and running the floor. Providing depth he will be Kevin Young (3.4 ppg), and freshman Jamari Traylor and Justin Wesley (1.2 ppg). Young was Kansas 6th man last season but he is currently injured and will the beginning of the season. Traylor like McLemore sat out last season because of grades but is highly talented. Freshman Landen Lucas and Zach Peters will also provide depth. Peters is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

2. Baylor

Leading the way for the Bears in the frontcourt will be top 5 freshman Isaiah Austin. Austin is a 7-footer that has guard like skills. He can even shot the three. Austin is also a very good shot blocker but he will need to get stronger to help him finish inside. Starting at power forward will likely be Cory Jefferson (3.6 ppg). Jefferson should excel with more playing time, in his limited playing time he was a talented rebounder and shot blocker. The top option off the bench will another highly touted freshman in Ricardo Gathers. He will remind Baylor fans of Quincy Acy a very strong player in the paint. Also providing depth here for Baylor is J’Mison Morgan (3 ppg), freshman Taurean Waller-Prince, Chad Rykhoek and redshirt sophomore Logan Lowery.

3. Oklahoma

Leading the way in the frontcourt are Andrew Fitzgerald (12.1 ppg) and Romero Osby (12.9 ppg). The two combined to average 25 points and 12 rebound per game. They are both a little bit undersized, but they are still very physical and won’t back down. Osby can score away from the basket. The top options off the bench will be Tyler Neal (4 ppg), Casey Arent(1.2 ppg) and Amath M’ Baye. M’ Baye averaged 12 ppg at Wyoming as a sophomore. Also providing depth here will be D.J. Bennett and freshman C.J. Cole. Manning the small forward position will be Cameron Clark (8.5 ppg). The formerly highly ranked recruit finally showed some of his potential last season.

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