To have success on the college hardwood, you need to be strong on the glass. Rebounding is very important, taking advantage of missed opportunities and converting them into second-chance points.
Post play is also vital. To have a nice balance, the ability to go inside-outside, makes a difference.
It is time to unveil my baker's dozen top frontcourts for the 2013-14 season. It is tougher because swing players can be utilized as big guards or small forwards. Breaking it down is challenging, but I feel like I have a pretty good group here. I also realize there will be some good arguments over these picks. There is so much pride to be the best at anything in college hoops.
Here are my picks:
John Calipari has loaded up with plenty of diaper dandies to go with returning players Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress. It helps when you have Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, James Young and Marcus Lee, all top-flight newcomers, in your program.
CJ Fair will have the opportunity to shine as one of the premier players in America. DaJuan Coleman and Rakeem Christmas have size and will be called on to do more. Jerami Grant has lots of potential up front.
I put Mitch McGary on my first-team All-Solid Gold squad because of his performances in the big dance. Teaming with Glenn Robinson III, Jon Horford and grad student Jordan Morgan gives John Beilein a lot of firepower.
This may be a surprise to some. Perry Ellis should have a breakthrough season. Joel Embiid is one of the best diaper dandy big men in America. Transfer Tarik Black from Memphis can score, defend and rebound. There are other players capable of contributing.
Having diaper dandy Jabari Parker and 6-foot-8 Rodney Hood makes a big difference for Coach K. Amile Jefferson will be a different player with added responsibility now that Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly are gone.
8. MICHIGAN STATE
Anytime you start with Adreian Payne up front, you are going to be very good.
9. OHIO STATE
10. NEW MEXICO
The tandem of Johnny O'Bryant and diaper dandy Jerrell Martin makes coach Johnny Jones an NCAA tourney threat.
There were a number of other candidates as well, but I settled in on these 13. It will be fun to watch them shine during the upcoming season.