As a shock to no one, Jock Landale was named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar watch list, which honors the country’s top center.
The senior has deservedly racked up the accolades heading into 2017-18. Blue Ribbon tabbed him as a preseason first team All-American, and put the SMC at No. 17 in their preseason top 25. This has been par for the course for the Landale-led Gaels, who were the preseason pick to win the WCC and should be a top-25 stalwart. They return the core of a 29-win team and added Ole Miss grad transfer Cullen Neal.
For his part, Landale is coming off a season in which his minutes doubled (28.3 MPG) and his production exploded (16.9 PPG, 9.5 RPG). He projects as one of the nation’s best rebounders and most efficient scorers in the paint, and it would be an upset if he didn’t take home WCC Player of the Year when the season is over.
So let’s get to the fun stuff and talk snubs.
No other mid-major centers made the list, though it is loaded with great players like Ethan Happ, Vladimir Brodziansky, Tyler Davis and Angel Delgado. Depending on how “center” is defined — which is increasingly difficult — the following players deserve more than a passing thought:
- Alize Johnson (Missouri State)
- Nana Foulland (Bucknell)
- James Thompson IV (Eastern Michigan)
- Rashaan Holloway (UMass)
- Daniel Amigo (Denver)
Think there were any other obvious snubs? For now, Landale is carrying the mid-major flag at the five.