The SEC won’t be the nation’s best basketball league, but one thing’s for sure: It’s going to be tough to bang around in the paint.
The SEC is home to four of Athlon Sports’ top 10 post players for 2013-14 in our ongoing list of college basketball superlatives. Kentucky alone has two in freshman Julius Randle and sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein. Our top 10 does not include Florida’s Patric Young, who enters his final season with much to prove, but he’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so against Kentucky’s duo plus LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes.
Meanwhile, the two teams that played for last year’s national title will hope two key players will take their postseason momentum into this season. Mitch McGary carried Michigan to the championship game, and Montrezl Harrell emerged late last season for the title-winning Cardinals.
Randle, though, is the second freshman to top one of our superlatives list with Kansas' Andrew Wiggins topping our countdown of the top 10 slashers.
Our list of the nation’s best post players players is the one in a series of superlatives to prepare you for the 2013-14 season. Each list and more can be found in the the Athlon Sports College Basketball 2013-14 Preseason Annual. The magazine hits newsstands this week with previews for every team in every conference, plus exclusive Q&As with Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Louisville’s Russ Smith and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson.
2013-14 Superlatives: Top Post Players
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Mitch McGary, Michigan
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Isaiah Austin, Baylor
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Alex Kirk, New Mexico
Davante Gardner, Marquette
Other Post Superlatives
Freshman to watch: Joel Embiid, Kansas
Most to prove: Patric Young, Florida
Returning from injury: Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee
Transfer to watch: Josh Smith, Georgetown (from UCLA)
Breakout to watch: Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
Mid-major star: Augustine Rubit, South Alabama