Top 10 Freshmen In the Country For the 2013-14 College Basketball Season
Top 10 Freshmen In College Hoops
The freshmen class is easily getting the most hype for the 2013-14 college basketball season. So, why not take a look at the top 10 in the country entering the new season.
Andrew Wiggins is not only getting the most hype out of the freshmen, but he is getting the most hype out of any player in college hoops. However, he has a couple of very talented teammates that will be joining Kansas this season.
I am sure you have heard by now, but the Kentucky Wildcats will be bringing in arguably the best recruiting class of all time. Talking about no pressure (just a hint of sarcasm). The Wildcats had a great recruiting class last season as well, but that team couldn’t even make the tourney. Not to mention, they lost in the first round of the NIT. Something tells me that the 2013-14 season will be a little different.
With that in mind, there will be a few Wildcats on this list.
Here is another spoiler for you. Wiggins will also be on this list.
Some of the best teams entering the season will be playing each other right off of the bat. Kentucky will take on Michigan State and Duke will play Kansas. Those two matchups go down on Nov. 12. A few of the top freshmen in the country will be featured in both of those games.
This ranking does not simply list the top recruits in order of their ranking, however, some of the top ranked recruits will be named.
Regardless, read on to see the top 10 freshmen in the country for the 2013-14 college basketball season.
These freshmen are too talented to go unmentioned.
Aaron Harrison, Joel Embiid, Jarrell Martin, Dakari Johnson, Derrick Walton, Tyler Ennis, Chris Walker and Isaiah Hicks.
Believe me, there are many other incoming freshmen that could have an instant impact, but we can’t list them all.
10. Jabari Bird, California Golden Bears
Jabari Bird may not be the highest rated recruit, but he is still up there. He will have the tough task of taking over for Allen Crabbe. Crabbe is now in the NBA.
He led the team in scoring last year and it is now Bird’s time to shine.
Bird will play next to Justin Cobbs in the backcourt and those two could make up a very high scoring duo.
9. Kasey Hill, Florida Gators
Kasey Hill is easily one of the most talented point guards joining college hoops. He will also play for a Florida team that has made three straight trips to the Elite Eight.
Scottie Wilbekin may be the starting point guard, but he is currently suspended and Hill has the potential to take over the job right away.
8. Noah Vonleh, Indiana Hoosiers
The Indiana Hoosiers will have to replace a lot from last season’s team. Indiana was easily one of the best teams during the regular season. For that to happen again, Noah Vonleh is going to have to come in and be great right away.
He should be a starter on day one, so that very well could be the case.
7. James Young, Kentucky Wildcats
James Young is one of the many great recruits joining the Wildcats this season. Who knows, he could be the best player on the team. However, there are two Kentucky players ranked higher on this list.
Still, Young is one of the most talented players joining the sport and he should play a big role right away.
6. Wayne Selden, Kansas Jayhawks
Andrew Wiggins is not the only talented player joining Kansas and he is not going to lead the Jayhawks to victory on his own.
That is where Wayne Selden comes in. The scary thing is that Selden and Wiggins are not the only good freshmen joining the team.
Kansas loses all five starters from last year and Selden should be one of the replacements.
5. Andrew Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats
Andrew Harrison is the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2013, according to ESPN. His brother will be joining the team as well, who is the No. 1 shooting guard in the class of 2013 (also according to ESPN).
It will be interesting to see if the Harrison twins can be more than the Harrison twins. I am sure some of the top prospects joining this team think they are THE top prospect. That is just speculation, though.
If Andrew and his brother can be more than just the Harrison twins, Kentucky is going to be worth all of the hype.
Whether the case, Andrew is one of the most talented players joining college basketball.
4. Aaron Gordon, Arizona Wildcats
The Arizona Wildcats will be losing some talent, but they will still enter the season by being ranked in the top 10. A good recruiting class has a lot to do with that and Aaron Gordon is part of that recruiting class.
Gordon may be ranked as the No. 2 power forward in the 2013 class, but he is also ranked No. 4 overall, according to ESPN.
3. Julius Randle, Kentucky Wildcats
Julius Randle has the talent to be the player of the year. He is the highest rated recruit joining the Kentucky Wildcats and he could easily have the biggest impact.
Randle has the talent and skills to compete in college hoops right away and I am sure that is what we are going to see once Kentucky takes the court for the first time in the 2013-14 season.
2. Jabari Parker, Duke Blue Devils
Jabari Parker could be the best player on the Duke Blue Devils--not just the most talented. Duke is ranked No. 4 in both major polls, so you could say that is pretty meaningful.
Parker was once the No. 1 recruit in his class and he is going to show his worth once Duke hits the court.
Parker may be ranked No. 2 in his class (according to ESPN), but he will get to show that he deserved to be No. 1 right away. On Nov. 12 to be exact.
That is when Parker will take on the Kansas Jayhawks and the No. 1 player on this list.
1. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas Jayhawks
This should come at no surprise to anyone. Wiggins, Wiggins, Wiggins. That basically sums up the buzz that Kansas has gotten this off-season.
Well, it is time to see if Andrew Wiggins is worth the hype. Kansas will have a brutal non-conference schedule, which means Wiggins should be more than ready for Big 12 play and the NCAA tournament.
Like I stated in the last slide, Wiggins and Parker will go head-to-head on Nov. 12. That is a matchup that we have all been waiting for.