As if the SEC wasn’t dominant enough in college football, could it be possible that the conference will dominate college basketball as well? The only thing that is certain is the fact that there is a number of great freshmen to watch in the upcoming season.
Let’s take a look at the Top 5 Freshmen to Watch-SEC:
Braxton Ogbueze, Florida-The Florida Gators were known for their impressive guard play last season and Ogbueze will be a great addition to go along with this scheme. Ogbueze may not be a starter to begin the season, but that should not take anything away from him. He is one of the best guards in his class, thanks to his hot hand from three-point range. Ogbueze also has great ball-handling skills, which certainly helps him to get to the rim.
Devonta Pollard, Alabama-The great thing about Pollard is how hard he works on the floor. Not to mention, he is extremely talented, can drive to the rim and he has a jump shot to die for. Pollard is also a great transition player and gets up and down the court just as fast as anyone. Don’t forget about his defensive game though. Pollard plays hard D like it’s his job.
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky-Goodwin knows how to ball. The 6’5” forward can drive to the hoop, as well as drain shots from deep range. However, he can also defend and is a pretty good rebounder. Goodwin is very tough to defend off the dribble, so as he develops his shot even more, he is going to be virtually impossible to guard.
Alex Poythress, Kentucky-Poythress is great at finishing in transition and his greatest asset is attacking the basket, whether that be on a fast break of in a half court offense. Pythress’ 6’7” stature helps with his rebounding abilities and also makes him a threat on the defensive side of the ball. It doesn’t matter if it is offense or defense, this kid is talented on both ends of the court.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky-As if Kentucky didn’t already have enough great incoming freshman, it got the prize of them all in Noel. Much like Anthony Davis, Noel is an absolute beast at shot-blocking. When he is on the court, the other team’s offense is completely affected, and not in a good way. Noel still needs to improve on offense, but he still has some good post moves and jams the ball down just as good as anybody. Noel’s defensive abilities alone make him the best player in his class.
Other Freshmen to Watch in the SEC: Willey Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), J-Mychal Reese (Texas A&M), Jordan Price (Auburn), Anthony Cortesia (Ole Miss), Alex Caruso (Texas A&M), Michael Frazier (Florida)