College Basketball’s Top 10 Freshman
College basketball season is almost here with most teams tipping off one week from tomorrow, November 13th. With tip-off one week away, we here at MFST wanted to give our readers a chance to meet some incoming Freshman that will be making an impact immediately on their new teams.
- Ben Simmons, LSU:
A native of Australia, Simmons has been getting huge national buzz already as a potential Player of the Year candidate this preseason. The 6-foot-10 Simmons can rebound, handle the ball in the open floor and pass with elite vision. He has a questionable jump shot outside of 15 feet and will need to improve that in order to become one of the greats.
- Jamal Murray, Kentucky:
While many are saying another Kentucky Freshman, Skal Labissiere is more talented, it is Murray who will put up better numbers. The Canadian guard looked like a potential superstar during portions of this summer in the Pan-Am Games, especially when he went for 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime alone against the United States. If Murray finds the ability to balance within Kentucky’s deep perimeter attack, he could have a huge year.
3. Skal Labissiere, Kentucky:
A native of Haiti, the 6’11 Labissiere can defend the rim and rebound and he’s also a dynamic offensive threat who can score from a number of positions on the floor. When Kentucky’s guards run high ball screens with Labissiere this season, he should have the ability to score rolling to the basket or finding space for his jumper.
4. Jaylen Brown, Cal:
A big and physical wing who can attack the basket or the glass, Brown improved his perimeter jumper and handle as high school went along. A gifted scorer, Brown is a load to handle in the open floor with a full head of steam and he’s the type of player who could have some poster dunks this season thanks to his brute strength at the rim. Pairing him with Tyrone Wallace will make the Golden Bears one of the best teams in the Pac-12.
5. Cheick Diallo, Kansas:
If the NCAA deems him eligible, Kansas will get a gigantic lift from the high-motor big man. The 6-foot-9 Diallo runs the floor like a guard and has the length around the rim to erase shots that many others couldn’t get to. If he plays, the Jayhawks are Title contenders.
6. Brandon Ingram, Duke:
Duke was able to keep Ingram from leaving the state of North Carolina and they’re hoping the Kinston native can be their next superstar wing forward. I view Ingram as a poor man’s Jabari Parker. He can shoot with the best of them, but could struggle to hang down low with big-bodied forwards.
7. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue:
Our own Zach Howerton has been high on Swanigan for a while now, and for good reason. The 6-foot-9 Swanigan will be a bruising force alongside centers A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas. Swanigan is rugged and physical, but he’s also more skilled than he appears and can show off a decent shot.
8. Diamond Stone, Maryland:
The native of Wisconsin is a load to handle on the interior as a post scorer, as he showed moves going over both shoulders in high school. He can get a little “ball-hoggy” but with Melo Trimble leading the way, as long as he listens to veteran leaders, Stone and Maryland should make a lot of noise this season.
9. Malik Newman, Mississippi State:
Ben Howland was able to keep this talented guard in-state and he will have the pressure to immediately produce. A natural scorer with deep range on his pull-up jumper, the 6-foot-3 Newman can go on silly scoring runs like a young Steph Curry at Davidson. The Bulldogs will be a fun team to watch this year.
10. Aaron Holiday, UCLA
The next Holiday brother is stepping on the UCLA campus. The younger brother of former Bruin Jrue Holiday, Aaron will immediately step in and start for Steve Alford alongside his son Bryce. That duo should make for a lot points in the Bruins backcourt.
Dan Schalk is the Head Writer for MyFantasySportsTalk, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk