Posted On: 10/28/19 5:00 AM

Defenders are inevitably going to get beat from time to time. Offensive players are too quick, too deceptive, too skilled, to be kept out of the paint every possession. 

Once that first line of the defense is crossed, a premier rim-protector makes all the difference. His ability to alter shot attempts is consistently the difference between two and zero points.

Rim-protection is one of the most valuable, yet underrated, roles in the game. And it often takes a true fly swatter on that back-end for audiences to appreciate the role. These 10 make that level of impact…

Jackson Ames (2020) | 6-10 C | West Clermont

Enormous interior presence who can hold his ground in traffic and defend shots with his size. Ames, who is committed to Miami (OH), has a strong upper body and pretty good feet for his size. He turned away 2.0 shots per game as a junior.

AJ Braun (2021) | 6-8 C | Fenwick

Braun possesses a large body to go with nimble feet. He shows tremendous timing when it comes to blocking shots and elevating for rebounds. He knows how to get his hands on the ball. Blocked

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