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October 21, 2006
Season offers perfect storm for college centers
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Great centers don't last very long in the college game.
The lure of the NBA is the most overpowering post move of all. When you consider the ridiculous sums of money that soon will be thrown at the players atop this list, you can't blame them for trading in morning classes and bus trips for first-class air travel and bling-bling.
Actually, college basketball is lucky to have the first four guys on this list. Numbers 1-3 easily could have entered April's NBA Draft and been high first-round picks. Freshmen Greg Oden and Spencer Hawes would have been high picks, too, had they been allowed to enter the draft.
For this year, and maybe for this year only, it's the Year of the Big Man in college basketball. It's the perfect storm, a convergence of great players staying in school and impact high schoolers entering the ranks.
Ohio State has North Carolina and Florida on its schedule this season. The Tar Heels feature top-ranked center Tyler Hansbrough. Florida is led by second-ranked Joakim Noah. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Oden probably will miss both games. He is recovering from wrist surgery and isn't likely to play January.
Noah and LSU's Glen "Big Baby" Davis will clash Feb. 24 in Baton Rouge, La.
Here is the list of Rivals.com's top 20 centers for the 2006-07 season: