|With his dominance offensively and on the glass, Anthony Bennett has been the top frosh so far. (Getty Images)|
For the first time this season, we have the same exact top five in the same exact order as one week ago for Freshman of the Year. It's fun to see some movement and shuffling along the top, but it was just too difficult this week. We looked at Shabazz Muhammad moving up after yet another big scoring week, but it's tough to move Ben McLemore despite a couple of subpar performances. Marcus Smart has been outstanding the past two games, so he stays at No. 2. And can we really knock Jahii Carson out of the rankings? After all, he plays nearly every minute for a 13-2 Arizona State team.
Expect to see some different faces in the next couple of weeks. This is usually the point in the season when some newcomers begin to adapt to the college game, while others falter as the schedule gets tougher and defenses begin to focus.
As always, the Freshman of the Year rankings will be released on Tuesdays, along with the Player of the Year rankings.
|1. Anthony Bennett -- UNLV|
|2. Marcus Smart -- Oklahoma State|
|3. Ben McLemore -- Kansas|
|4. Shabazz Muhammad -- UCLA|
|5. Jahii Carson -- Arizona State|
Others to Note:
- We're not purposely attempting to keep the top five the same, but none of the guys knocking on the door can get over the hump. Baylor's Isaiah Austin is on the verge, as are the Kentucky freshman trio. Nik Stauskas, T.J. Warren and others were also considered.
- Gary Harris came to Michigan State as one of the more highly-touted guards in the class of 2012. He started slow because of an injury, but is starting to assert himself: in two Big Ten games, he's averaging 17.0 points.
- Trey Burke gets most of the attention for Michigan, and Stauskas is the freshman most people talk about. But Glenn Robinson III has been productive lately, going for 20 points in two of his last three games – and also grabbed 10 boards against Iowa.
- Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono had one of the better freshman starts in the country, but then he went quiet. It seems Arcidiacono has awoken, though. He had 17 against NJIT, then went for 32 in a win over St. John's.
- Boston College has a very underrated all-freshman backcourt in Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon. The two are combining to average 24.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
- Grambling hasn't won a game yet, but it's through no fault of guard Terry Rose. The 6-foot-4 freshman leads the nation's newcomers in 3-pointers made per game, while shooting better than 42 percent from behind the arc.
- Look for Hawaii's Isaac Fotu over the next couple of weeks. The New Zealand native is coming into his own, scoring in double-figures in seven of his last eight games -- including 29 points against Fullerton.
- Freshman leaders -- Points: Anthony Bennett, UNLV (19.9); Rebounds: Jordan Reed, Binghamton (9.9); Assists: Javan Felix, Texas (6.6).