The nation's top five big men

Updated: December 5, 2012, 10:41 AM ET
By Jay Bilas

We are not yet done with the first quarter of the 2012-2013 college basketball season, yet several big men have set themselves apart as the most productive, efficient and effective players.

While others may have great future value at this and the next level, here are the five best and most effective big men in the nation to this point in the season. The players on this list have potential as well as current high-level productivity.

Mason Plumlee, Duke Blue Devils

Few players in the country have come as far over the past four years as Mason Plumlee, who has been the best and most reliable player on the Duke roster this season. Plumlee has been a rock, and has been the most productive major-conference big man in the nation. After eight games, Plumlee has scored at least 16 points in every contest, and has averaged 19.6 points, 11 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game, while shooting 65 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the line against the best schedule in the country to this point.