While many basketball experts and spectators will tell you the center position is dying a slow death, here at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, that is far from the truth. With 12 players that are 6’10″ or taller, the post play this weekend has been outstanding. Two of the better post players squared off today in one of the camp’s most exciting matchups.
Karl Towns, ESPN’s second rated center in the class of 2014 went head-to-head with Stephen Zimmerman, ranked third by ESPN among centers in the class of 2015. While Zimmerman outscored Towns 13-to-10, Towns had the advantage in the most important category, the game. Towns and the Mavericks rolled to a 78-58 semifinal victory, aided by strong performances from NC State commit Caleb Martin and Arionza target Brekkott Chapman.
Zimmerman used his quickness to his advantage in the matchup with Towns, consistently drawing fouls en route to seven trips to the free-throw line. What Towns gives up in quickness compared to Zimmerman, he surely makes up for with strength and sheer power. The 7’1″ 235-pound center used his body to establish position on the block, burying defenders under the basket to put up high-percentage shots. Towns grabbed down a game-high 10 rebounds, five of which on the offensive side.
With Towns already committed to Kentucky, it has been reported that Zimmerman is also drawing increased attention from Big Blue Nation. As John Calipari continues to bring in highly-touted big man after highly-touted big man, Coach Cal should make sure that these two centers never have to lineup against each other ever again.
- Zach Fleer / @ZachFleerSP