While it’s certainly nice to have a player who can be counted on to score 20 or so points in any particular game, it is just as important to have someone who can hold a player averaging 20 ppg significantly below the individual’s average.
Some of the players listed in this section are not true centers. They are really power forwards who are forced to play the 5 on their team, usually alongside another power forward. On some teams it doesn’t matter on the offensive end who is designated the 4 and who the 5 since the roles are pretty much interchangeable. The distinction between the two roles comes into play on the defensive end as one of the two will primarily defend the opponent’s center while the other matches up with the other team’s power forward. Anyway, here are 12 returning players that I envision as likely starting at the 5 – at least defensively – this season.
Additionally, there is also the question that hounds every ranking by position, which is, “Will that individual play that position this season?” For example, at Notre Dame, will Tory Jackson be good enough to earn the starting point guard position? If so, then Kyle McAlarney would likely play the “2,” Colin Falls the “3,” and Russell Carter the “4.” If not, then McAlarney would man the point, Falls would start at off guard, and Carter would start at small forward.