Top Shot Blockers for the 2026 Class
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Shot blocking can be difficult for many players to excel at, especially if you do not have the height. The ability to protect the paint and swat shots away is what can cause other teams to think twice before going…
Shot blocking can be difficult for many players to excel at, especially if you do not have the height. The ability to protect the paint and swat shots away is what can cause other teams to think twice before going up against an elite shot blocker. Here are my top shot blockers for the 2026 class.
Asprilla is a versatile seven-foot center who can move around and switch onto anyone. He has great timing when it comes to blocking shots as he can protect both the paint and perimeter blocking layups and jump shots. Asprilla will look to run hard on every fastbreak which results in many chase down blocks. His long wingspan allow him to block and contest multiple shots throughout a possession.
Reevey looks taller than his height is listed due to his long body frame. He’s very quick off his feet and has great reactions and instincts to know when to block a shot. Reevey will look to block anything that stands in his way as he can move all over the court like a guard. He has excellent recovery either from getting beat off the dribble or from getting a block which results in him getting right back up and blocking that shot again.
Higgs is an intimidating presence down low in the paint standing at a tall 6’10”. He controls the whole paint with his long arms making sure no shot gets past him. Higgs can even run the fastbreak well for his size which can lead to many stops and chase-down blocks. His perimeter defense will improve as he gets better but he makes up for it with his size. He is great at taking someone from a drive in the paint and switching off to the other player receiving the pass to block the shot.
Burnum is a player that can do everything out there on the court. When it comes to blocking shots he is great at it because of his mobility and physical toughness. He can guard every position standing at 6’4″ and is a matchup nightmare for a lot of teams. Burnum has the speed to get many chase-down blocks on the fastbreak. He can even block jump shooters well and will look to test taller players in the paint. He had 42 blocks this past season.
Ahmetaj is an excellent player that can do many things, especially blocking shots. At 6’4″ at the small forward spot, he has a bunch of flexibility on the defensive end. Ahmetaj can switch onto anyone and block their shot if they try to test him off the drive. If a player looks to shoot over him he will most likely either get a good contest or tip the ball out of the air. He is fast in transition which can lead to many blocked or contested shots on the chase-down.