Ridley an Elite Shot-Blocker

When Texas landed Cameron Ridley, the instant rejoicing came that the Longhorns were landing a thick-bodied rebounder who displayed the requisite nastiness to be a force in the low post.

But despite Ridley blocking shots at a prodigious rate in high school, that was a trait that many felt wouldn't translate. Despite a 7-foot-4 wingspan, several analysts thought that he didn't have the athleticism to project as a high-level shot-blocker, especially when compared to run-jump athletes like Kentucky's Nerlens Noel and Baylor's Isaiah Austin.

Yet here we are, heading into the season's 10th game, and Ridley has established himself not just among the top shot-blockers in the 2012 class, but also as among the best shot-blockers in the country, period. Ridley ranks 19th nationally in block rate, just three spots (and about a half-percentage point) behind Noel. Only six major conference shot-blockers have better rates, and just three freshmen have been better at swatting shots (two in major conferences).

So, without further ado, here's how Ridley stacks up in terms of block rate nationally.

Major Conference

1) Chris Obekpa, St. John's — 21.34 (National Rank: 2)

2) Jeff Withey, Kansas — 20.97 (3)

3) Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State — 17.65 (4)

4) Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse — 14.26 (10)

5) Cheikh Mbodj, Cincinnati — 13.78 (13)

6) Nerlens Noel, Kentucky — 12.64 (16)

7) Cameron Ridley, Texas — 12.12 (19)


1) Obekpa — 21.34

2) Jordan Hare, Rhode Island — 13.24 (15)

3) Noel — 12.64

4) Ridley — 12.12

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