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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Jaedon LeDee. 508. Senior. Jaedon LeDee. . . 6'9" 240 lbs. 1. player. LeDee

Brian Dutcher lost a lot of depth off his Final Four team last season, especially with leading scorer Matt Bradley graduating. So, the Aztecs needed a leader, and LeDee stepped right into that role. After averaging 7.9 points last year, LeDee took over the Mountain West, dropping 21.1 points a game and winning conference Player of the Year. 

San Diego State fell short in the Mountain West title game to New Mexico, but in the team’s three tournament games, LeDee went for 34 points and 16 rebounds against UNLV, 22 points and eight rebounds against Utah State, despite fouling out after just 25 minutes, and 25 points with six rebounds on 7-12 shooting in the final. 

LeDee has a fantastic face-up game and can grab-and-go in transition, but he might be most lethal in the post, utilizing his quickness to easily get into his package of hooks and floaters. When he needs to he can shoot the three, and the fifth-year senior is hitting 41% of his 1.2 attempts per game. 

Without the evolution of LeDee, San Diego State would have fallen off the map after nearly winning it all a season ago. This team isn’t good enough to get back to the Final Four, but LeDee is good enough for the Aztecs to escape a scary 5/12 matchup against UAB and give Auburn a competitive game in the Round of 32.

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