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.
- 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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