banner

Jay Bilas' Top 5 Frontcourts

Return to Forum

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
  • seedofdoubt Nov 8, 2012
    Sports Legend

    Hairston will suprise a lot of folks this year. He has slowly developed into a solid player on both sides of the court. Marshall Pumblee (when recruited) was said to be the best player of the 3 Pumblees, but we'll just have to wait and see. I expect Murphy to show up for this next game or Jefferson will be starting in his place for the next couple of months.

  • 903 mens national championships Nov 8, 2012
    Sports Legend

    The 6-8 Amile Jefferson provides a versatile defender and scorer who will be effective finding opportunities around the goal. And 6-7 Josh Hairston is more confident and has shown the ability to guard effectively and knock down an open midrange shot.

    On the cusp
    North Carolina State Wolfpack
    Mark Gottfried runs a UCLA high-post offensive set, with several wrinkles and tweaks, that takes good advantage of his talented big men. The lead dog in the Wolfpack is the versatile C.J. Leslie, whom Gottfried tries to get the ball from the elbow to the mid-post and allow him to go to work. Leslie is as talented a forward as there is in the country, and he has the opportunity to be ACC Player of the Year.

    The unsung performer in N.C. State's frontcourt is Richard Howell, who is an outstanding offensive rebounder. We tend to focus on his fouls, but Howell is a talented and relentless rebounder who goes after the ball and keeps it when he can grab it. Howell is a double-double guy for Gottfried. Those two, by themselves, place NC State on this list. But 6-8 freshman T.J. Warren is a talented scorer who has the chance to be very good, and 7-footer Jordan Vandenberg can clog the lane in limited reserve minutes.

    Arizona Wildcats

  • 903 mens national championships Nov 8, 2012
    Sports Legend

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/blog/_/name/bilas_jay/id/8595639/jay-bilas-kentucky-wildcats-lead-nation-top-frontcourts

    We always hear that college basketball is a guards' game. Of course that is until you need a rebound or someone to protect the rim. The truth is that both guards and big men are important for title-contending teams, and there has not been a Final Four team that lacked quality frontcourt play or couldn't defend and score in the post. We can quibble about which is more important, guards or big men, but there is no question that guards cannot win by themselves.

    So, which squads measure up the best down low in 2012-13? Here is my ranking of the top five frontcourts, along with two more on the cusp.
    1. Kentucky Wildcats
    2. Louisville Cardinals
    3. Syracuse Orange
    4. UNLV Rebels
    5. Duke Blue Devils
    The Blue Devils, right or wrong, are known for guard play. This season may bring a different look and feel. Mike Krzyzewski will start the season looking more to play inside-out, and playing through his talented senior big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly.

    Plumlee is an outstanding rebounder and has improved his low post game to be a reliable post scorer. His free throw shooting has been an adventure, but Plumlee has matured into an outstanding and productive player who can step in and be Duke's star this season. Kelly can post, but he also can step away and knock in open 3-point shots. Both Plumlee and Kelly are excellent passers as big men, and both can control the glass. The addition who can really make a difference is a healthy Marshall Plumlee, a 7-footer who is strong, physical and a good athlete who works really hard. Marshall Plumlee, when healthy, is among Duke's first six players in the rotation. Alex Murphy is an athletic 6-8 face-up forward who can pass and shoot, and reminds you a bit of Mike Dunleavy.

Oldest First
  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

    Tonight at 7:00 on METV 50.2

  • PGA Golf: Quicken Loans National

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

    Tomorrow at 6:30 pm on METV 50.2

  • PGA Golf: Quicken Loans National

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

    Sunday at 5:00 pm on METV 50.2

  • PGA Tour Special: PGA Tour 2015: Playing with a Purpose

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA Golf: WGC – Bridgestone Invitational

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA Golf: WGC – Bridgestone Invitational

    Sunday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

    Tonight at 6:50 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

    Tomorrow at 6:20 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

  • MLB: Washington Nationals at NY Mets

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Washington Nationals at NY Mets

    Sunday at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Paul Lawrie (EURO)
Leader in BOLD/CAPS
MatchHScore
WOOD v Campillo43 up
QUESNE v Singh21 up
BENSON v Havret11 up
Hoey v Broberg1AS
Levy v Madsen00 and 18
Ramsay v Molinari00 and 18
Hatton v Lundberg00 and 18
Fitzpatrick v Uihlein00 and 18
Howell v Drysdale00 and 18
Doak v Lawrie00 and 18
Aphibarnrat v Storm00 and 18
Aiken v Dodt00 and 18
Morrison v Carlsson00 and 18
Canizares v Karlsson00 and 18
Warren v Zanotti00 and 18
Colsaerts v Fisher, Jr.00 and 18
View Full Leaderboard
Madeira Islands (EURO)
PosNameScoreThru
1A. Hortal-98
2tS. Walker-814
2tN. Elvira-8
4tD. Huizing-714
4tM. Schneider-710
4tP. Relecom-79
4tR. Fox-7
4tS. Gros-7
9tS. Einhaus-612
9tR. Kakko-610
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Friday, Jul. 31
bet-at-home Open (ATP)
Quarterfinals
L. Pouille6 6    
B. Paire3 2    
(8) F. Fognini 
A. Bedene 
(1) R. Nadal 
(5) P. Cuevas 
(4) A. Seppi 
S. Bolelli 
 
Suisse Open Gstaad (ATP)
Quarterfinals
(2) F. Lopez77 6    
(8) S. Giraldo64 4    
(3) D. Thiem5     
(7) P. Carreno Bu3     
(4) P. Andujar 
(5) T. Bellucci 
(1) D. Goffin 
(6) J. Sousa 
 
BB&T Atlanta Open (ATP)
 
WTA Scoreboard
Friday, Jul. 31
Brasil Tennis Cup (WTA)
Semifinals
(4) T. Pereira 
A. Sevastova 
(3) A. Beck 
(5) B. Mattek-San 
 
Baku Cup (WTA)
Quarterfinals
(2) K. Knapp6 77    
A. Panova2 64    
M. Gasparyan6 6    
E. Rodina3 2    
D. Vekic3 2    
P. Tig6 6    
(1) A. Pavlyuchen6 6    
K. Flipkens1 3