Do we even need/want a rim protector?Nike EYBL Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Kalkbrenner
Irvin was asked to explain Kalkbrenner as a player, and he proceeded to give a glowing review.
"First of all, he's 7-foot and mobile," Irvin explained. "He can guard a pick and roll, he blocks shots, and he can guard all five positions. He's a very smart defender."
One of the most noticeable parts of Kalkbrenner's game?
"He never gets in foul trouble," said Irvin.
That notion is backed up by Kalkbrenner's 1.6 personal fouls per game. This has allowed him to constantly be on the floor for the Fire, and their defense has proven to be amongst the league's best when he's manning the backline.