The SEC doesn’t have the greatest portion of talented centers in college basketball, but it certainly has two very skilled ones. Although one of these big men has not even played a single minute in college yet, he will be a preseason favorite for the Naismith.
Check out the “Big Two” in terms of dominate centers in the SEC for the 2012-13 college basketball season.
Patric Young, Florida-Young is clearly one of the best centers in the nation, let alone the SEC. He has experience, playing in two Elite Eights and he has enough talent to take Florida to a third straight one, although Florida will have a very solid team this year. Young has been a huge defensive threat for Florida for the past two seasons, and he has definitely been the man on the boards, but he will play a different role in 2012. Unlike the past two seasons, Young will be relied on to score the basketball. Sure, he averaged 10.2 points per game last season, but he is talented enough to average 15-20 points per game. Kenny Boynton will be the go-to guy for the Gators, but Young won’t be too far behind him. Expect a monster season from the big man in the Florida uniform this year.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky-Noel hasn’t played a single minute for the Wildcats, yet everyone is raving about how good he will be. Well, I am also one of those people because Noel could very well be the best center in the nation next season. He can play amazing D, just like Anthony Davis. He can also block shots like Davis, but the one thing that separates Noel from Kentucky’s stud from last season is the fact that he has a much better offensive game.
The SEC may not have a whole lot of depth when it comes to centers, but Young and Noel are good enough to make up for that. Watch out for these two players in the 2012-13 college basketball season.
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