Here's a look at five of the best defensive stars in the 2013 Elite Youth Basketball League and in the running for the D1 Circuit Defensive Player of the Year. Take some time to marvel their acheivements and then take your pick in the poll to the right to help decide who will be the winner. Voting ends Friday at 4 p.m. (EDT).
C | Thon Maker (2016) | Boo Williams – 54 BLK, 3.0 BPG - 6.7 RPG, 4.4 DRPG
The 7-foot-1 freshmen phenom was arguably the top rim protector in the EYBL. If "shots altered" were a statistic, Maker would probably lead because he disrupts virtually anything in the paint. His numbers speak for themselves and he remained consistent all season. It's scary to think what he could turn into with three more years of seasoning. If he maintains this upward trajectory, he could be a top 10 recruit in the class based on his defensive prowess alone.
PG | Tyus Jones (2014) | Howard Pulley - 48 STL, 2.7 SPG
Steals is the third major statistical category that Jones leads, along with points and assists. Effective from both ends of the floor, Jones has proven to be a special player in his third EYBL season. The high number of steals is a reflection of the relentless pressure Jones puts on the opposing point guard throughout the game.
SF | Theo Pinson (2014) | CP3 All-Stars - 41 STL, 2.3 SPG - 23 BLK, 1.3 BPG - 5.6 RPG, 4.0 DRPG
The recent North Carolina commit is one of the toughest defensive match-ups for any swingman in the EYBL. Much like Jones, Pinson gets it done on both ends of the floor with relentless effort. With a team that doesn't have a premier inside presence, Pinson has excelled, chipping in 23 blocks and altering countless others. With a bit of seasoning, he will likely be an elite defender at the next level and a great fit in Roy Williams' system.
C | Ivan Rabb (2015) | Oakland Soldiers - 41 BLK, 3.2 BPG - 11.9 RPG, 7.4 DRPG (13 games)
The consensus top-five recruit does it with defense and rebounding, averaging a double-double and the most blocks per game in the league. The 6-foot-10 Rabb missed out on the Minneapolis Session, but it's likely his numbers would have remained consistent. Rabb also was recently named to the USA Basketball Under-16 team, where he will represent the EYBL with Malik Newman and Thomas Bryant.
C | Chris Egi (2015) | CIA Bounce - 48 BLK, 2.7 BPG - 7.7 RPG, 4.9 DRPG
On a team lacking size up front, Egi gave CIA Bounce an elite defensive presence inside. Yet to put bulk on his frame, Egi relies on long arms and being a tremendous athlete to be a constant force defensively. The third underclassmen on the list has great bounce and timing that allows him to disrupt shots from all angles.
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Voting ends Friday at 4 p.m. (EDT)
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