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Poll: Who will start at center for Louisville next year?

So there's already an insane amount of pre-season hype for next year's team, especially given that, you know, basketball doesn't start for six more months. Louisville's is a consensus top-three team on the strength of who it brings back (reigning Final Four MOP, reigning kPOY, two McDonalds All Americans, several key reserves) and an impressive recruiting class highlighted by Chris Jones (junior college POY) and Terry Rozier (top 15 overall recruit). Most people guess that Louisville will start Jones, Smith, Blackshear and Behanan, with Hancock, Van Treese, Rozier, Gill and eventually Ware coming off the bench. The only real question mark is the center position, where Louisville has several options. Stephan Van Treese is a gritty veteran who has a knack for bringing down key rebounds, and, if healthy, might return his sneaky fast ways (remember the steal-and-slam that sparked the Miracle on Main?). Mangok Mathiang is untested, but supposedly has many of the same qualities Gorgui had - jumper with range, good passer, solid defender, etc. Some think Montrezl Harrell could fill the five spot, but he's undersized at 6'8, lacks the finesse Gorgui had, and seems to do well in an "energizer" role as backup for Chane. Zach Price has the right build, but has been on the team for two years now without really making a meaningful contribution. Unless he makes a serious leap this summer, it's hard to see how he bypasses the other three for the starting spot. Who do you think starts for the Cards at center next year? Poll below.

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