Nation's best defensive freshmen
Turner, Alexander among first-year players set to make an immediate impact
As the nation's best prospects advance throughout their high school career, they usually make their name on the offensive end of the floor or from their overwhelming physical gifts. Their impact is most often seen by their talent to score the ball or their sharpshooting range and accuracy.
But while filling up the box score is important for teams, being effective on the defensive end is just as crucial. Two great examples who exemplified this were former Kentucky stars Nerlens Noel and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Both were difference-makers based on their ability to block shots, rebound and limit opponents on the ball.
Let's take a look at five incoming freshmen whose strong defensive qualities will impact their respective teams and influence the college game next season.
Myles Turner | C | Texas Longhorns
With an enormous wingspan, ability to move his feet and shot-blocking range, Turner will have a definite defensive impact next season. His strength is the ability to alter shots through precise timing. He is alert, active and can rotate from a help-side position and challenge, change or swat away a field goal attempt. Turner's presence will also be felt chasing down a run-out by an opponent and trying to erase easy conversion points.
To read Paul Biancardi's full breakdown of the nation's top freshmen defenders, sign up for Insider today.
Insider on ESPN.com
John Gasaway says despite the flaws some observers see in Arizona, the Wildcats have a similar profile to mighty Kentucky.
MORE MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADLINES
- Nike Men's Duke Blue Devils Duke Blue/black Full-zip Elite Performance Basketball Hero Hoodie