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Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:18 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Freshman of the Year: Anthony Davis is No. 1

Unlike the close Player of the Year race, Kentucky's Anthony Davis is clearly the best freshman in the country. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

This will be the last Freshman of the Year rankings of the season, as we don’t plan on releasing one on the first Thursday of the NCAA tournament and there’s not much left to be decided. Unlike the Player of the Year race, which is still neck-and-neck heading into the conference tournaments, Anthony Davis has had this thing wrapped up since January. There was only one week where he didn’t hold the top spot, and that was after teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a monster game in early December. Davis was simply dominant throughout the season, especially on the defensive end, and he got better and better on offense as the campaign progressed. In closing, congrats to Davis.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 14.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 66.3 FG%
His offensive improvement down the stretch of the season has been extremely impressive. Davis is efficient inside and is now becoming a matchup problem with his face-up game. 

2. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 2): 15.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 63.5 FG%
Despite getting plenty of defensive attention throughout the season, Zeller rebounded from a pseudo-slump during the middle of the season to be a huge factor in a recent four-game winning streak. 

3. Trey Burke, Michigan (Last Week: 3): 14.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.6 apg
Burke played extremely well late in the year, cutting down on turnovers and becoming more efficient from the floor. Has been extremely valuable all season for the Wolverines.

4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 4): 11.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg
Kidd-Gilchrist has struggled offensively in the last month, but he’s still the freshman leader for the Wildcats. His activity on the defensive end and his transition game are eye opening. 

5. Moe Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 5): 15.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg
Although the question of whether he will enter the NBA draft has dominated his headlines recently, he finished with a typically dominant game: 25 points, nine rebounds in a loss. 

6. Austin Rivers, Duke (Last Week: 7): 15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 38.3 3PT%
Rivers really woke up in the final two months of the season, after not starting one game early in conference play. His game – and game-winner – against North Carolina was a defining moment. 

7. Brad Beal, Florida (Last Week: 6): 14.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Beal didn’t finish with a bang, going 1-of-10 in a 15-point loss to Kentucky. However, he stepped up his aggressiveness in the final six weeks, and started becoming a go-to-guy for the Gators.

8. Tony Mitchell, North Texas (Last Week: 8): 14.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 3.0 bpg, 56.7 FG%
Mitchell and North Texas fell just short of the NCAA tournament, but he was clearly the best non-BCS frosh this season. Only newcomer in the country to average a double-double, and he blocked shots too.

9. Tony Wroten, Washington (Last Week: 9): 16.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.7 apg
Wroten is one of the most productive all-around freshmen in the country, and he’s tremendously fun to watch. However, he needs to be more efficient and not force as many shots. 

10. B.J. Young, Arkansas (Last Week: NR): 15.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 50.6 FG%, 42.0 3PT%
It took him until the final week, but Young is back in the rankings despite his team having a rough final stretch. Young is ultra-efficient and can score in multiple ways. Going to be a star.

Notes:

  • The one player to fall out of the rankings in the final week was St. John’s guard D’Angelo Harrison. He had a tremendous season and was in the rankings for most of the final two months. Leading freshman scorer in BCS-affiliated leagues.
  • Freshman leaders – Points: Kyle Vinales, Central Connecticut State (17.9); Rebounds: Tony Mitchell, North Texas (10.3); Assists: Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State (6.9)
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Freshman of the Year: Here comes Trey Burke



By
Jeff Borzello

We’re almost at the point of the season where freshmen are no longer catching opponents by surprise. We haven’t truly hit the point where even stud freshmen hit the wall and start lagging in production, but we’ve seen a few newcomers struggle to adjust to more experienced competition. Arkansas’ B.J. Young slowed down since making a big move last week, while Kansas State’s Thomas Gipson had trouble dealing with Alabama’s size over the weekend. How far did they drop?

Who will be the next to make a big move? If you didn’t know, the Freshman of the Year rankings are released on Thursdays, shortly after the Player of the Year rankings.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 11.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 4.5 bpg
Davis simply changes the game more than any other freshman. Had a monster 14-point, 18-rebounds, five-block game over the weekend.

2. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 2): 15.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 65.6 FG%
Zeller keyed the Hoosiers’ win over Notre Dame with 21 points and eight boards, then had a solid all-around game against Howard.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 3): 12.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg
Kidd-Gilchrist is taking a back seat to Davis, but that hasn’t slowed him. Averaged 14.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists in last three.

4. Brad Beal, Florida (Last Week: 5): 15.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Beal came up big against Texas A&M, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals. Productive.

5. Austin Rivers, Duke (Last Week: 6): 15.6 ppg, 41.9 3PT%
If nothing else, Rivers is consistent. He continues to produce solid numbers, scoring 14 earlier in the week. Averaging 17.8 in last four.

6. B.J. Young, Arkansas (Last Week: 4): 15.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 47.4 3PT%
After lighting it up for weeks, Young came back to Earth. He shot 7-for-16 with 18 points and two assists in his last two games.

7. Moe Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 7): 14.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg
Harkless excelled in 40 minutes against Fordham, with 13 points and 16 boards. He struggled vs. UTPA, but came up big late.

8. Trey Burke, Michigan (Last Week: NR): 13.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.7 apg
We couldn’t keep him out of the rankings any longer. Burke is averaging 18.0 points and 6.7 assists in his last three games.

9. LaDontae Henton, Providence (Last Week: 9): 13.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 36.3 mpg
Even when he’s struggling from the field, Henton is getting it done. He had 11 points and 12 rebounds in a win over New Hampshire.

10. Stephan Hicks, Cal State Northridge (Last Week: NR): 17.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg
The 6-foot-5 swingman caught our eye last week and didn’t disappoint. He went for 18 points and 10 boards over the weekend.

Notes:

  • Two players dropped out of the rankings: Kansas State’s Thomas Gipson and Niagara’s Juan’ya Green. Gipson was only 1-for-6 from the field against Alabama, finishing with three points and four rebounds. We did a feature this week on Green, who was idle.
  • Several of the players who were poised to move into the rankings had rough weeks. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was 3-for-10 from the field; Rodney Hood was in foul trouble; and Myck Kabongo had just one point and four turnovers vs. UNC.
  • Washington’s Tony Wroten continues to make his case – averaging 24.3 points in his last three games – but the Huskies are struggling mightily with him getting more minutes. That’s not a good thing.
  • If Georgetown’s Otto Porter plays well against Memphis, he will get further consideration next week.
  • D’Angelo Harrison of St. John’s is averaging 17.0 points in his last three games.
  • Keep an eye on North Texas’ Tony Mitchell, who just became eligible. He’s averaging 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games.
  • Freshman leaders – Points: Kyle Vinales, Central Connecticut State (20.6); Rebounds: Anthony Davis, Kentucky (9.9); Assists: Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State (6.4)

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Freshman of the Year: B.J. Young makes his move



By
Jeff Borzello

With finals week taking place across the country, it’s been a relatively slow week of college hoops. However, we did see a No. 1 vs. No. 2 meeting over the weekend, at least in terms of freshmen. Neither Anthony Davis nor Cody Zeller had their best game of the season, but Davis still managed nine rebounds, while Zeller had 11 points, seven boards – and the win. Other players continue to perform well, while some guys are slowing down after getting off to a hot start. As always, the Freshmen of the Year rankings will be released on Thursday, along with the Player of the Year rankings.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1)
He’s the only freshman on Goodman and Parrish’s POY rankings, so he’s tops here. Second among frosh in boards, first in blocked shots.

2. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 2)
Some point to the day Zeller committed to Indiana as the true start of the Hoosiers’ turnaround. That was cemented in Saturday’s win over UK.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 4)
Kidd-Gilchrist continues to be productive in a variety of ways. He had 18 points and nine rebounds against the Hoosiers, also blocking two shots.

4. B.J. Young, Arkansas (Last Week: 7)
Young is lighting it up offensively. He’s shooting 51.0 percent from the field, 48.5 from 3 and is averaging 16.5 points in just 23.9 minutes.

5. Brad Beal, Florida (Last Week: 3)
Had slowed down last week with back-to-back single-digit scoring outputs, but he bounced back with 18 points against Rider.

6. Austin Rivers, Duke (Last Week: 5)
Before fouling out against Washington over the weekend, Rivers had dropped 18 points in 25 minutes. Also dished out a solid three assists.

7. Maurice Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 8)
Could be the most productive all-around freshman in the BCS leagues. With Nuri Lindsay gone, Harkless’ numbers might even increase.

8. Thomas Gipson, Kansas State (Last Week: NR)
Looks like Gipson took offense to being left out last week; he’s notched two straight double-doubles, averaging 20.5 points and 11 boards.

9. LaDontae Henton, Providence (Last Week: 9)
In terms of freshmen in BCS leagues, Henton is an iron man; he’s averaging 36.5 minutes per game. Averaged 17.0 and 9.5 in last two.

10. Juan’ya Green, Niagara (Last Week: NR)
This week’s under-the-radar player to highlight, Green is averaging 19.9 points per game. Expect more on him next week from us. 

Notes:

  • The two guys who dropped out of the rankings were Quincy Miller of Baylor and Maine’s Justin Edwards. Miller has scored in single digits in three of his last four games, while Edwards struggled against San Diego, scoring four points.
  • Trey Burke was the last one out. The Michigan point guard is averaging 17.5 points and 8.0 assists in his last two games.
  • Other guys who narrowly missed the rankings: Washington’s Tony Wroten, Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Texas’ Myck Kabongo and Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood.
  • Getting a lot of reaction on Twitter from Otto Porter supporters. The Georgetown forward doesn’t have the numbers of some of the other players, but he’s efficient and has been something of an unsung hero for the Hoyas.
  • Stephan Hicks of Cal State Northridge was someone that caught our eye this week. The 6-foot-5 wing is putting up 17.5 points and 8.5 boards per game.
  • The top freshman rebounder is Oakland’s Corey Petros (11.3 rpg) and the top assist man is Sacramento State’s Dylan Garrity (6.3 apg).

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:25 am
 

Freshman of the Year: Davis sits atop rankings



By
Jeff Borzello

We’re now one month into the season, so it’s time to start taking a look at all the best freshmen in the country – not just the top 20 players in the class of 2011 as we’ve been doing. From now on, we will be ranking the top 10 freshmen in the country in order to determine who’s where in the Freshman of the Year race. We will also mention a few other guys to keep an eye on throughout the season. It will be released on Thursdays, in conjunction with Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish’s Player of the Year column.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky: He might not have the best scoring numbers of any freshman, but he’s a tremendous rebounder and he’s going to set plenty of shot-blocking records.

2. Cody Zeller, Indiana: Zeller is doing a little bit of everything and is the primary reason the Hoosiers are off to an 8-0 start. How will he handle going against UK’s fresh faces on Saturday?

3. Brad Beal, Florida: Beal might have been No. 1 if not for his struggles the past two games. He shot 6-for-18 in his last two contests, totaling 16 points. Rebounding very well for his position.

4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky: Might be the best all-around frosh in the country; he just does so much at both ends of the floor. Had the most impressive performance in the UK-UNC game.

5. Austin Rivers, Duke: While people continue to nitpick at his weaknesses, Rivers just continues to score. Averaged 17.3 points per game against Ohio State, Kansas and Michigan.

6. Quincy Miller, Baylor: Miller missed one game with an injury, and has also seen his minutes and opportunities decrease since Perry Jones III became eligible. Still finding ways to score.

7. B.J. Young, Arkansas: Young has been very efficient, shooting 50 percent from both the field and from 3-point range. He had five 3-pointers and 28 points against Connecticut.

8. Moe Harkless. St. John’s: It’s only fitting that the player who started St. John’s recruiting class is playing the best so far. Harkless has back-to-back double-doubles, and is blocking shots.

9. LaDontae Henton, Providence: Perhaps the most surprising freshman in the BCS conferences. In his last four games, Henton is averaging 17.5 points and 8.8 rebounds – in 38.5 minutes.

10. Justin Edwards, Maine: We might use this spot to highlight under-the-radar guys. Going into Wednesday, Edwards was the top freshman scorer in the country, averaging 20.2. He also was picking up 3.2 steals, second overall nationally.

Notes:

  • Keep an eye on Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright. Through two games, he’s averaging 18.5 points and 4.5 assists – can he keep that up?
  • In addition to Edwards, there are some other high-scoring frosh to watch from smaller conferences. Central Connecticut State's Kyle Vinales was averaging 20.0 heading into Wednesday. Niagara’s Juan’ya Green is averaging 19.5 per game, while Campbell’s Trey Freeman (17.0) and UNC-Wilmington’s Adam Smith (17.9) are also lighting it up.
  • If Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant continues to play like he is, we might have to consider a redshirt freshman for the list. He’s averaging 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
  • The best rebounding freshmen not on the list are Louisville’s Chane Behanan (8.9) and Virginia Tech’s Dorian Finney-Smith (9.4). Behanan could make the list soon.
  • Other ones who just missed include Trey Burke (Michigan), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia), Myck Kabongo (Texas), Tony Wroten (Washington), Rodney Hood (Mississippi State), Jordan Tolbert (Texas Tech), Thomas Gipson (Kansas State) and Kendall Anthony (Richmond).

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:40 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Recruiting notebook: Bruce Pearl aftermath begins

Posted by Jeff Borzello

It hasn’t even been a full day since Bruce Pearl was reportedly fired by Tennessee, but the fallout has already begun.

Kevin Ware, one of two signees for next season, asked for a release from his letter-of-intent today.

“It was just a lot of stress with all of the reoccurring problems going on up at Tennessee,” Ware said. “I couldn’t focus on school without some bringing to my attention what was going on in Knoxville.”

Ware, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Rockdale County (Ga.), is ranked as one of the top-25 players at his position by Scout.com.

While Georgetown, Florida State, Florida and Georgia were on his final list before making his original decision, Ware has no idea where he will end up next.

“I won’t know what schools are really looking until the release forms go through,” Ware said.

He did say he would reconsider Tennessee based on who fills Bruce Pearl’s shoes as the next head coach.

Villanova picks up five-star center

Daniel Ochefu, ranked as the No. 15 player in the class of 2012 by Scout.com, verbally committed to Villanova today.

Ochefu, a 6-foot-9 big man from Westtown (Pa.), chose the Wildcats over Georgetown, Texas, Temple and others.

He confirmed the news in a text message to CBSSports.com.

Indiana adding to 2012 class?

A source informed CBSSports.com that 2012 prospect Jeremy Hollowell will commit to Indiana this week.

Hollowell is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Lawrence Central (Ind.), and is ranked as the No. 23 player in the country by Scout.com.

Cincinnati, Ohio State and Purdue are also in the running.

Razorbacks’ recruit in a holding pattern

People who were against Arkansas getting rid of John Pelphrey a couple of weeks ago pointed to the Razorbacks’ highly-touted recruiting class as a reason to keep Pelphrey.

Based on which coach Arkansas hires, that class could be in danger of falling apart.

B.J. Young, the No. 19 player in the class of 2011, is currently undecided on whether he will stick with the Razorbacks.

“As of now, [he’s still committed],” St. Louis Gameface coach Richard Noll told CBSSports.com. “He’s not doing anything until they hire a new coach.”

Young, an explosive 6-foot-2 point guard from McCluer North (Mo.), doesn’t have a specific preference for the next coach.

“He just wants to play for a coach that fits his up-tempo style of play,” Noll said.

Photo: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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