Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis, North Carolina's Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks, and Iowa State's Jameel McKay and Georges Niang are among top projected big men for the 2015-16 college basketball season.
Operating as a big man in the modern game can mean a lot of different things, with stretch fours and positional hybrid-types replacing the traditional, back-to-the-basket big. As a result, you’ll find a wide variety of skill sets and body types on this list, linked by the fact that all should spend time as nominal bigs tasked with rebounding and matching up against height on defense, regardless of their respective offensive comfort zones. In alphabetical order, here are SI.com’s projected top 20 bigs for the upcoming season.
Note: Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo was left off the list due to his pending eligibility.