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This season is shaping up to be another blockbuster year for beasts in the paint.  Here’s our list of 10 best post units.

1. UNC
It’s entirely possible that this year’s Tarheels could eventually be remembered as the first (and only) team in college basketball history to feature 6 future NBA players in the same frontcourt. Deon Thompson, Ed Davis, John Henson, David and Travis Wear, and Tyler Zeller would all start on any lineup in America. Finding them all minutes will be, um, interesting.

2. Kentucky
Aside from the obvious reasons, UK’s early season tilt with UNC will be must-see TV due to it being a battle of the two most talented frontcourts in the nation. Patrick Patterson, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, Perry Stevenson and Josh Harrelson should be the closest thing North Carolina will see to a low-post equal.

3. Mississippi State
Having college basketball’s soon-to-be all-time shot blocking leader Jarvis Varnardo in the middle is reason enough on its own to merit placement on this list. But prep stars John Riek and Renardo Sidney elevate this front line to the next level.

4. Kansas
Cole Aldrich looks like a POY candidate, and he’ll be assisted by McDonald’s AA Xavier Henry, as well as the ultra athletic Morris brothers, Marcus and Markeith, who combined for 13 points and 9 rebounds in their freshman campaign.

5. Louisville
If Ricky P can dodge the controversy and distractions surrounding his illicit private affairs, as well as the off-the-court legal troubles of some of his players, the Cards figure to have a ferocious low-post duo with Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings. Freshman studs Rakeem Buckles and Stephan Van Teese should make an immediate impact.

6. Vanderbilt
Don’t laugh. Sure, we’re bullish on the SEC, but this might be the deepest frontcourt in Commodore history. 6’11 Aussie A.J. Ogilvy gives Vandy a back to the basket scorer, while All-SEC Freshman Jeffrey Taylor provides athleticism on the wing. A cast of experienced bigs rounds it out.

7. Texas
Most teams in the country would absolutely love to have a front line with 300-pound center Dexter Pittman, three-year starter Damion James, and double figure scorer Gary Johnson. But unsatisfied with just that, Coach Rick Barnes signed all-world high schoolers Jordan Hamilton and Shawn Williams to provide scoring punch from the wing.

8. Cincinnati
This choice might be a bit of a reach, but the BBL feels Cincy will get back into conference contention this season with big years from All-Big East Freshman Yancy Gates and incoming frosh Lance Stephenson, the all-time leading scorer in New York state history. Add reliable banger Rashad Bishop and 6’11 Oklahoma State transfer Ibrahima Thomas, and this team has a dangerous interior presence.

9. Purdue
The best Boilers team since the Gene Keady era will be led by all-everything junior Robbie Hummel and 6-10 center JuJuan Johnson, who shows a nice shooting touch to go with size and rebounding prowess. A crop of three big freshmen will back up these two.

10. Clemson
Despite losing some key talent, this might be the second best frontcourt in the ACC. Trevor Booker, who averages a double-double, is one of the most intimidating PFs in the game. This year he is joined by his taller, younger brother Devan and 6’9 McDonald’s AA Milton Jennings. Junior Jerai Grant is geared for a breakout.

Just Missed the Cut
Georgia Tech, Butler, Florida State, UCLA, West Virgina, Tennessee and Iowa State.

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