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Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:14 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 3:18 pm
 

Freshman of the Year: Davis creates separation

With his recent stretch, Anthony Davis is leaving the rest of the freshmen -- and his teammates -- in the dust. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello 

Anthony Davis is stepping up his game when some of the other freshmen are hitting the proverbial wall. He had a tremendous performance against Arkansas earlier this week, going for 27 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks in the win. He also set the Kentucky single-season record for blocks – with 12 regular-season games remaining for the Wildcats. As a result, he’s still No. 1 – and the gap between him and teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is growing.

The Freshman of the Year rankings are released every Thursday afternoon, shortly after Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish’s Player of the Year rankings.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 13.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 65.8 FG%
Davis’ scoring has always been an afterthought this season, but he’s averaging 18.5 points in his last six games. If that continues, Kentucky will be even tougher.

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 2): 13.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Kidd-Gilchrist bounced back from a mini-slump with 17 points and 12 boards against Tennessee, before an uneven game vs. Arkansas. Continues to contribute in so many ways.

3. Trey Burke, Michigan (Last Week: 3): 14.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg
Burke is getting better and better. He’s limited his turnovers lately; shot 15-for-24 in last two games; and scored 20 points and had the game-winning assist vs. Michigan State.

4. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 4): 14.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 64.8 FG%
Zeller has found his offensive touch lately, averaging 19 points in his last three games. He’s also grabbing seven boards per game in those three. But Indiana is 0-3.

5. Tony Wroten, Washington (Last Week: 5): 16.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg
Wroten leads all BCS-conference freshmen in scoring this season, but he struggled against Washington State. With Cal and Stanford this weekend, he needs to step up.

6. Brad Beal, Florida (Last Week: NR): 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg
After a one-week hiatus, Beal is back on the list. His offense is coming around, averaging 15.5 points in his last two games, with six 3-pointers and just one turnover.

7. Moe Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 8): 15.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg
St. John’s has now lost five of its last six, but it’s through no fault of Harkless. He’s trying to carry the team as much as he can, and he never seems to have a truly bad game.

8. Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State (Last Week: NR): 12.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg
He struggled against Baylor over the weekend, but Nash is averaging 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in Big 12 play. He’s also become far more efficient recently.

9. Eli Carter, Rutgers (Last Week: 6): 13.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Since making the rankings last week, Carter shot just 6-for-19 and averaged 9.5 points. He was still able to knock down a clutch 3 against Notre Dame in Rutgers’ win, though.

10. Justin Edwards, Maine (Last Week: NR): 15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.4 apg
The first repeat mid-major player, Edwards continues to expand his game. He is distributing and rebounding more lately, but still has the ability to score. Edwards also defends. 

Notes:

  • Three players were knocked out of the rankings. Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood averaged just 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in the three games since last week, shooting 8-for-21 from the field. Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant notched 12 assists against Rutgers, but he struggled scoring the ball and went just 3-for-11 from 3-point range. Obi Emegano also dropped out as Western Illinois dropped two games.
  • Baylor’s Quincy Miller is making his case to be included, averaging 19.0 points in his last two games. Can he make clutch plays, though?
  • Andre Drummond had notched three straight double-doubles, and was headed for the rankings – then he went 2-for-9 with four points against Cincinnati.
  • Xavier’s Dezmine Wells is averaging 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in Atlantic-10 play.
  • Austin Rivers is averaging just 7.7 points in ACC play.
  • Chasson Randle of Stanford is scoring 17.7 points in his last three games; he’s been one of the most underrated frosh in the country.
  • Fresh off Ole Miss’ win over Mississippi State, it’s time for Jarvis Summers to get some recognition. He’s mputting up 15.0 points and 4.7 assists in his last three games.
  • San Diego’s Johnny Dee is one of the better frosh shooters out there. In a three-game stretch, he shot 14-for-27 from deep and averaged 24.0 points.
  • Freshman leaders – Points: Juan’ya Green, Niagara (18.6); Rebounds: Anthony Davis, Kentucky (10.4); Assists: Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State (6.5)
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Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:38 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Freshman of the Year: Carter scores recognition



By
Jeff Borzello

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist took over the No. 1 spot from his teammate Anthony Davis last week, but it looks like we’re back to normal. Davis has taken his game to a new level over his past four games, dominating at both ends of the floor and really making an impact offensively. Kidd-Gilchrist has been his usual all-around self, but he’s been struggling a bit on the offensive end. The latter half of the rankings saw the most changes it has had all season. There will be stiff competition week-in and week-out to get a spot.

The Freshman of the Year rankings are released every Thursday afternoon, shortly after Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish’s Player of the Year rankings.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 2): 12.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.6 bpg, 63.9 FG%
Davis has been even more active at both ends over the last four games. He’s shooting 67.6 percent from the field, averaging 16.5 points, 10.5 boards and 5.0 blocks.

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 13.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Kidd-Gilchrist has fallen off a bit on the offensive end in his last three games. He’s averaging just 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in that span, also turning it over 13 times.

3. Trey Burke, Michigan (Last Week: 4): 14.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.1 apg
Burke continues to rise despite his erratic shooting. He’s just 15-for-47 in his last three games, but he’s coming off 19 points, seven boards, seven assists and just one turnover vs. Northwestern.

4. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 3): 14.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 66.1 FG%
Zeller is as efficient as ever from the field, making 12 of his last 15 shots. However, his rebounding has been lacking; he’s averaging fewer than four boards in his last four games.

5. Tony Wroten, Washington (Last Week: 9): 17.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.3 apg
Wroten got to the line 18 times against Seattle earlier in the week, finishing with 24 points. Has gaudy numbers, and has also turned it over two or fewer times in three of his last five games.

6. Eli Carter, Rutgers (Last Week: NR): 14.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Mike Rice said before the season he thought Carter would lead his newcomers in scoring. Over his last five games, he’s averaging 21.2 per game – with wins over Florida, Connecticut and Pitt. 

7. Rodney Hood, Mississippi State (Last Week: NR): 12.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 50% FG, 44.1 3PT
Hood has been on the verge of breaking into the rankings throughout the season, but his 16.5 points per game to open SEC play was all the convincing we needed. Tough matchup for opponents. 

8. Moe Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 5): 15.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg
Harkless is struggling lately. He’s shot just 19-for-49 in his last four games, in which the Red Storm went 1-3. He’s also not rebounding as well against the Big East’s big men. 

9. Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (Last Week: NR): 13.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg
Grant is a redshirt freshman, but he still qualifies. He’s been one of the main reasons for the Fighting Irish’s stellar play of late. Averaging 15.3 points and 5.2 assists in his last six games. 

10. Obi Emegano, Western Illinois (Last Week: NR): 13.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 56.6 FG%
He’s really taken his game to a new level in the last three weeks, averaging 15.8 points and shooting 58 percent from the field. Needs to prove himself vs. Oral Roberts on Thursday. 

Notes:

  • Clearly, the rankings had wholesale changes. D’Angelo Harrison dropped out after fouling out in a 10-point performance against Marquette. There was only room for one St. John’s player this week. Brad Beal and Austin Rivers are also out for a week after less-than-stellar for the better part of a month. Beal has shot over 50 percent from the field in a game just one since November 28, while Rivers is averaging single-digit points in the last three games. Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos dropped out after struggling from the field in the last two games.
  • Beal almost made it back into the rankings after going for 17 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia on Wednesday night.
  • Arkansas’ B.J. Young is starting to heat up against. He’s averaging 19 points in his last two games, shooting 15-for-23 from the field.
  • Expect to see the top-10 trio of Andre Drummond, Le’Bryan Nash and Marquis Teague in here at some point. Drummond is going for 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in his last two games, while Nash is averaging 18.0 points in Big 12 play. Teague is taking care of the ball much better.
  • The Otto Porter train has slowed down considerably. He’s averaging just 6.0 points in his last four games, and has grabbed a total of 12 rebounds in his last three contests.
  • Siena’s Evan Hynes has been playing well lately. Over his last five games, he’s averaging 16.2 points and 4.2 assists. He’s also improved his shooting, knocking down 48 percent of his field goals during that span.
  • Justin Edwards was our first mid-major representative when we did the rankings. His scoring has dipped then, but he’s going for 7.3 boards and 5.0 assists in America East play.
  • Freshman leaders – Points: Kyle Vinales, Central Connecticut State (19.5); Rebounds: Anthony Davis, Kentucky (10.3); Assists: Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State (6.4)

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:44 am
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:19 am
 

Wooden Award Midseason Ballots

By Jeff Goodman

The deadline for submitting the 25 names for the Wooden Midseason List was last night. Gary Parrish and I figured we'd share our lists with you, so you can make fun of us, demean us or do both. Mine are on top because, well, they are superior. Check Parrish's below and then go ahead and make fun of him. Have no problem putting two guys on from Kentucky and North Carolina, but a pair from Seton Hall?  I just couldn't do it. 

Jeff Goodman's Top 25

  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • William Buford, Ohio State
  • Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
  • Jason Clark, Georgetown
  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri
  • Draymond Green, Michigan State
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Perry Jones, Baylor
  • Jeremy Lamb, UConn
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Scott Machado, Iona
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Mike Moser, UNLV
  • Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
  • Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Mike Scott, Virginia
  • Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
  • Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
  • Dion Waiters, Syracuse
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
Gary Parrish's Top 25
  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • William Buford, Ohio State
  • Trey Burke, Michigan
  • Jason Clark, Georgetown
  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri
  • Draymond Green, Michigan State
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia
  • Perry Jones, Baylor
  • Kris Joseph, Syracuse
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Jeremy Lamb, UConn
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Mike Moser, UNLV
  • Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
  • Herb Pope, Seton Hall
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Mike Scott, Virginia
  • Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
  • Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Freshman of the Year: Kidd-Gilchrist takes No. 1



By
Jeff Borzello

And we have our first change at the top of our Freshman of the Year rankings. Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist overtook teammate Anthony Davis for the No. 1 spot this week, on the heels of his 24-point, 19-rebound performance against Louisville. Simply put, Kidd-Gilchrist is playing as well as anyone in the country, and is making his case for National Player of the Year. He contributes in so many ways for Kentucky, at both ends of the floor, and has also filled something of a leadership role for the young Wildcats. Davis is more talented, but he’s not No. 1 this week.

The Freshman of the Year rankings are released every Thursday afternoon, shortly after Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish’s Player of the Year rankings. 

1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 2): 13.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg
As mentioned above, Kidd-Gilchrist takes over the top spot. He might not have the same ceiling as Anthony Davis, but he’s Kentucky’s MVP and an All-American. 

2. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 12.7 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 4.5 bpg
Davis’ drop to No. 2 is way more about Kidd-Gilchrist’s play than a referendum on Davis. His performance in the second half against Louisville was impressive. 

3. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 3): 14.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 64.3 FG%
After struggling against Michigan State, Zeller bounced back with 14 points in just 21 minutes in the upset win over Ohio State. Key for Hoosiers going forward. 

4. Trey Burke, Michigan (Last Week: 7): 14.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.0 apg
As some newcomers begin to falter, Burke is picking up his play. He had 27 points in a win over Minnesota after dishing out seven assists to beat Penn State. 

5. Moe Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 5): 15.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg
He struggled offensively against Louisville and Connecticut in the past week, shooting just 9-for-24 from the field. Still put up good numbers.

6. D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s (Last Week: 9): 15.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Harrison picked up some of the slack this week for the Johnnies. He is averaging 21.8 points in his last four games, becoming a go-to option on the perimeter. 

7. Brad Beal, Florida (Last Week: 4): 14.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg
After getting hot the past few games, Beal really struggled this week. In his last three games, Beal is averaging just 10.3 points, going 10-for-35 from the field. 

8. Austin Rivers, Duke (Last Week: 6): 15.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 42.3 3PT%
Rivers is not looking comfortable offensively lately. He went just 3-for-11 against Temple, never truly able to get his scoring going. Needs to be aggressive. 

9. Tony Wroten, Washington (Last Week: NR): 16.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.4 apg
Wroten finally breaks into the rankings after leading Washington to two wins and winning Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. 21.5 points, 6.5 boards, 4.5 assists last week. 

10. Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga: 14.8 ppg, 3.5 apg, 41.0 3PT%
After making a huge impact in his national television opener in November, Pangos has quietly continued to produce. He had 13 points and seven dimes vs. Xavier. 

Notes:

  • As always, a couple of players were knocked out of this week’s rankings. Texas Tech’s Jordan Tolbert saw his hot streak end last week, but he was still solid and could earn his way back onto the list. Adam Smith of UNC-Wilmington is still inconsistent, going just 1-for-9 from 3-point range in his last two games.
  • Rutgers’ Eli Carter was the last player out of this week’s rankings. He had 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against Florida, and is averaging 24.3 points in his last three games.
  • LaDontae Henton of Providence had back-to-back double-doubles after getting knocked out of the rankings last week.
  • Georgetown’s Otto Porter continues to find ways to help Georgetown win; he just needs one more big game to break into the top 10.
  • Rodney Hood (Mississippi State) and Quincy Miller (Baylor) are finding their groove offensively. Hood had 16 and six against Utah State, while Miller is 18-for-36 in his last four games.
  • Look out for Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie. He is averaging 15.5 points in his last four games – all wins.
  • Delaware State’s Tahj Tate, who was suspended for four games, returned against North Carolina State to score 14 points on 5-for-20 shooting. He’s averaging 15.4 points per game.
  • Saah Nimley, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Charleston Southern, is on our radar. He’s averaging 19.0 points and 5.8 assists in his last four games.
  • Freshman leaders – Points: Juan’ya Green, Niagara (20.0); Rebounds: Anthony Davis, Kentucky (10.6); Assists: Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State (6.5)

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Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Freshman of the Year: Harkless makes a statement



By
Jeff Borzello

Many freshmen have fallen victim to the grueling grind of conference play in the past. The constant rivalry games and high-intensity contests eventually cause newcomers to hit a wall and struggle to the finish line. With league play kicking off this week and next week in every league, it will be interesting to see which players keep up their stellar non-conference play. As coaches shorten rotations and rely more on certain players, which freshman studs will begin to falter?

As always, 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): 11.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 4.5 bpg, 62.6 FG%
Davis’ scoring has dipped the last few games, but he’s picked up it on the defensive end. Davis is averaging 12.8 boards and 4.8 blocks his last four.

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 3): 13.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 54.1 FG%
He’s missed a grand total of two shots in the last two games, averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists during that span. 

3. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 2): 14.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 spg, 65.0 FG%
His numbers have fallen in the last three weeks, including a four-point, four-foul performance vs. Michigan State. He’ll bounce back.

4. Brad Beal, Florida (Last Week: 4): 15.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg
It looks like the touted high school shooter is finding his 3-point stroke. He’s shot 7-for-12 from behind the arc in his last two games.

5. Moe Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 7): 15.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg
Harkless continues to get better as he takes on a bigger role for the Red Storm. Started Big East play with 32 points and 13 boards vs. Providence.

6. Austin Rivers, Duke (Last Week: 5): 15.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 apg
Rivers hasn’t played since week’s rankings, as Duke took an 11-day hiatus over the holidays. He resumes against Western Michigan on Friday.

7. Trey Burke, Michigan (Last Week: 8): 13.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.0 apg
Burke is really coming on strong, as Big Ten play kicks off for the Wolverines on Thursday. Had eight assists against Bradley last week.

8. Jordan Tolbert, Texas Tech (Last Week: NR): 15.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Tolbert is producing as well as any newcomer in the country. The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 24.3 points in his last four games, shooting 38-for-54 from the field.

9. D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s (Last Week: NR): 15.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Harrison is another player who has picked up his play lately. He’s averaging 19.0 points in his last four games, limiting his turnovers and bad shots.

10. Adam Smith, UNC-Wilmington (Last Week: NR): 17.0 ppg, 42.9 3PT%
The weekly mid-major special. Smith had 32 points last week against Wake Forest, knocking down seven 3-pointers. Fifth among frosh in scoring.

Notes:

  • Three players were knocked from the rankings. Arkansas’ B.J. Young is averaging just 10.3 points in his last four games, and his shooting has fallen off. LaDontae Henton of Providence was outplayed by Harkless and also struggled against Rhode Island. Cal State Northridge’s Stephan Hicks went just 3-for-14 against Washington.
  • The last player left out of the rankings was Georgetown’s Otto Porter. He had a monster performance against Louisville, going for 14 points and 14 rebounds, but struggled the previous game vs. Memphis. He could crack it next week.
  • What happened to Kansas State’s Thomas Gipson? He was in the rankings two weeks ago, but is averaging just 4.8 points and 5.3 boards in his last four games.
  • It was only Winthrop, but Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope needs to have more performances like the one he had Tuesday: 18 points, six boards, four assists, 6-for-10 shooting.
  • North Texas’ Chris Jones might get overshadowed by Tony Mitchell as the season progresses, but he’s averaging 15.6 points on 30-for-50 shooting in his last five games.
  • Campbell’s Trey Freeman is going to be a stud. His mid-range game is as good as anyone at his level, and he knows how to run an offense.
  • Freshman leaders – Points: Kyle Vinales, Central Connecticut State (20.2); Rebounds: Anthony Davis, Kentucky (10.2); Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State (6.9).

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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)

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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).

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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).

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