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October 20, 2006
? Preseason Top 25
? Preseason SF rankings
? The College Basketball Wire
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The blurring of positions in college basketball makes it difficult to define a power forward.
Those three preseason All-American post players could have topped Rivals.com's list of the nation's top 20 power forwards. All three of them may end up playing power forward in the NBA, but we defined them as centers for the purpose of these rankings because each player serves as his team's primary low-post presence.
That leaves us with an intriguing group of power forwards. Our list is dominated by veterans coming back from injuries and underclassmen making the leap to stardom. Nevada's Nick Fazekas and Alabama's Jermareo Davidson are the only seniors in the top 10 who played a full season last year.
This certainly isn't a top-heavy list.
Our No. 1 power forward isn't even the No. 1 option on his team. The third-ranked and fourth-ranked guys didn't average double figures in points or rebounds last year.
But we believe that all of them will deliver performances this season that prove they rank among the nation's best at their position.