Top 5 Freshman Centers Who Will Own the Paint in College Basketball’s 2014-2015 Season

Top 5 Freshman Centers Who Will Own the Paint in College Basketball's 2014-2015 Season

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The 2014 college basketball recruiting class is chock full of quality big men, and these young players will be battling for years to come. Not all of them will be productive professionals, but that does not mean they can't shake up the collegiate hoops world a little bit. You might not recognize a couple players in this slideshow, but all of of them should do plenty of scoring in the paint next season.

5. Thomas Welch

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5. Thomas Welch

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Thomas Welch gets onto this list for pure size, and the 7-footer weighs in at an impressive 245 pounds. The UCLA commit has improved greatly over his high school career, and he should show some nice touch in the low post for the Bruins. His athleticism is still under question at times, but he could answer that with a solid freshman season.

4. Karl-Anthony Towns

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4. Karl-Anthony Towns

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This is another player with loads of potential, and he should be playing in the NBA one day based on his amazing size and versatility. Look for him to be a force for the Kentucky Wildcats next season, but it would shock me if they got back to the Final Four.

3. Myles Turner

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3. Myles Turner

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Myles Turner is a rarity at his position. That is because he is a center who can also stretch the defense out to the three point line, and it will be fun to watch how Rick Barnes utilizes the big man next year. I know that Bill Self (pictured) is not going to coach Turner, but I just wanted to express how sad the Kansas Jayhawks head coach will be when his squad is trying to to guard the big fella.

2. Cliff Alexander

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2. Cliff Alexander

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Cliff Alexander is probably used to being second fiddle by now, and only his play will be able to change all of the talk. The Kansas Jayhawks will likely start Alexander right away, and I would expect him to put up huge numbers from the word go.

1. Jahlil Okafor

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1. Jahlil Okafor

Jahlil Okafor
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Jahlil Okafor will be quite a bright spot for the Duke Blue Devils next season, and he should help them win the ACC without a hitch. Okafor can score with either hand around the basket, which should open up a lot of shots for Tyus Jones and company. The big man out of Chicago could be a dark horse candidate for ACC player of the year, and do not come to Rant Sports Prep surprised if he ends up doing it. That is all that I am saying.


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