NCAA Final: The New Paul Mokeski
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April 02, 2012, 11:30 PM
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One might think that shotblocking in basketball would be a skill that correlates well with other skills like scoring and rebounding. And for some all-around talents like Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson, it does. But much of the time, it mostly just correlates with height, if anything. It seems like more of a knack than a skill. As a playground player, for example, I couldn`t rebound, couldn`t jump, and couldn`t play offense with my back to the basket, but I could block shots. 

Kansas, the underdog in tonight`s NCAA final game against Kentucky, has another late-blooming tall white guy in the tradition of Paul Mokeski, Jeff Whithey, who has average 5.4 blocked shots in the five tournament games so far.