The B.O.B. is hitting the court.
The Best Of Battle Creek series in the Enquirer is being expanded this year to include the top players on basketball courts throughout the area.
Each week, throughout the winter, we are asking, "Who is the Best Of Battle Creek?" as we look at each position in basketball among the city/area high school teams.
Nominations for each position have come from the city/area coaches with a little information on each player. It's a tougher list to make this year as we 've expanded the field to city and area teams, but once we do, then it's up to the Enquirer readers to decide who is the B.O.B.
Each week we give readers choices and open our online poll for voting, with a winner decided by the following Tuesday.
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Next up are the centers/power forwards for the city/area boys basketball teams:
Why he is the best center in the city/area: An All-City selection last year, Walter Brown is a consistent force in the paint for Lakeview. He puts tons of pressure on opponents because he can't be guarded by one person. His biggest attribute, however, is his rebounding ability; Walter averages nearly 10 rebounds to go with his 12 points per game.
Why he is the best center in the city/area: Brendan Duncan is a two-year starter who has elevated his game this year to become one of the go-to scorers for the Panthers. A key force in the paint, he has been Pennfield's most consistent post scorer, demanding double teams and averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds.
School: Battle Creek Central
Why he is the best center in the city/area: Undersized at 6-foot, Battle Creek Central's Karlito Campbell plays center/power forward for the Bearcats, showing physicality as a needed defensive presence in the post. Without outstanding leaping ability, Campbell averages 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.
School: Calhoun Christian
Why he is the best center in the city/area: An All-City selection last year, Nico Gummer is having a big senior season as a key defensive presence in the paint for Calhoun Christian. Showing the ability to score from the inside or the outside, Gummer is a leader in made 3-pointers for the Cougars and averages 8.1 points per game and 4.2 rebounds.
Why he is the best center in the city/area: Aaron Maxwell was a big piece of a Marshall team last year that went 20-3 as he was the first guy off the bench most games and even started a handful. This year he is being counted on to be even more of a leader as a senior on a very inexperienced team. In his new role, he has helped the Redhawks to first place in the league, averaging 9.2 points per game.
Why he is the best center in the city/area: The 6-foot-7 Dawson Wing is a four-year varsity player for a Bellevue team that has gone 64-11 and won three league titles in his career. Wing holds the school record for career blocks and was an Enquirer All-Area and all-league selection last year. As a senior, he is averaging 10.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, with 6.1 blocks.
Why he is the best center in the city/area: A 6-foot-5 senior and four-year varsity player, Drew Priddy is a physical presence for an undefeated Olivet team. A standout defender on a team that is allowing just 36.8 points per game, he leads the Eagles in both rebounds and blocked shots.
Why he is the best center in the city/area: Donte Work is a 6-foot-7 senior who was a standout on a Coldwater team that shared the Interstate 8 Conference title last year and has the Cardinals tied for first in the league again this year. Work is averaging 13.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, giving Coldwater needed size in the paint.
Why he is the best center in the city/area: A 6-foot-7 center with quick feet and standout jumping ability, Miles Shannon is the ultimate rim protector for Climax-Scotts. Outside of his defensive star power, Shannon is also good on the break and can finish with a dunk or play in the post in the halfcourt.
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