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Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:44 pm

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

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. 


  • 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

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.


  • 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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