Busting Brackets

Ranking the top 8 big men in the East Region

After Adama Sanogo was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player and Zach Edey has taken the National Player of the Year in back-to-back years, the big man is making a comeback in college basketball and these are the beasts in the East.

San Diego State Aztecs forward Jaedon LeDee (13)
San Diego State Aztecs forward Jaedon LeDee (13) / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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Jones is a traditional post-up big and despite his lack of height, is able to create ample space because of his lower-body strength. Jones loves to operate out of the left block, that’s his office, and he often works back to the right hand, finishing with a diverse package of layups and jump-hooks. 

While the Idaho transfer can dominate one-on-one in the post, he lacks vertical pop and is overly reliant on his right hand, so if Jones is unable to back down Drake’s 6’10 275-pound Darnell Brodie, he could struggle to get going offensively. Drake may not need to bring double-teams, but if they do, Jones only averages 1.5 assists to 1.9 turnovers, so as he tries to pass out, Drake could get steals and run-outs. 

Drake is going to want to speed this game up, so Isaac’s effectiveness in the post will be crucial for the Cougars to keep the contest at their preferred pace. The Bulldogs will run off misses and turnovers, so Jones has to be efficient, and for the season, he shot 58.2% on 9.9 attempts per game and hit 70% of his free throws. 

I'm taking Drake in this first-round matchup, but could certainly see Washington State's magical season under Kyle Smith culminating with an NCAA Tournament win.