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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 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 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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