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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

 
 
 
 
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