Everyone wants to put the ball in the basket these days. Well, just about everyone. There are still guys who take pride in defense, whether it's locking down on the perimeter, dominating on the glass or protecting the rim as a shot-blocker. It's an area that often gets overlooked, but defense is just as important as scoring.
After talking to coaches, NBA guys and also watching plenty of tape on Synergy over the last month or so, here are 30 guys who are among the elite defensive players in the country. A kid who doesn't look the part from Ohio State tops the list for the seconds straight year while two long and athletic freshmen from Lexington make their debuts.
We broke them down into categories: Perimeter defenders, versatile defenders, glass cleaners and rim protectors.
Players listed alphabetically