Top 10 Freshmen in College Basketball — Week 6 Edition
Top 10 Freshmen in College Basketball -- Week 6 Edition
For the first time this season, we do not have a new addition to the freshmen rankings. Joel Embiid made this list this week and wasn't ranked last week, but he has been in the rankings before. You should also keep a look out for him in the coming weeks, as he is going to get the majority of the minutes at center for Kansas now that Tarik Black will be firmly planted on the bench.
The top half of the list has stayed close to the same every week this year, but with certain players struggling, it is time for a shake up. I told you all when I started these rankings that I wouldn't drop a player for one bad game or week, but if you consistently fall short of what you have previously done, then it is time to move you down. And yes, I'm looking at you, Andrew Wiggins. We all know you will be the first pick in the draft next June, but this isn't a ranking on potential. Its a ranking base on what have you done lately, and we haven't seen much from Wiggins recently.
The big rise of the week goes to Jordan Mickey, who continues to be a beast for LSU. He wasn't supposed to be this good, or at least not yet anyway, but here he is as one of the best freshmen in this loaded freshmen class. He has been great so far, but unless Jabari Parker or Julius Randle fall off the map, it will be hard for anyone to surpass those two.
Enough of the chit-chat -- let's get to the meat of this meal. Here are the top 10 freshmen in college basketball through Week 6.
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10. Nigel Williams-Goss
Williams-Goss is putting in 12.9 points per game, 4.7 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. He hasn't had a standalone game that blows your mind, but he has been consistent at filling the stat sheet all season long. (Last week: 10)
9. Zach LaVine
After his hot start to the season, LaVine is starting to cool off. He is still a very talented player and has firmly entrenched himself in the NBA discussion (especially at his size), but he hasn't played well in two weeks. This week, he played against Prairie View A&M, so you can't blame him too much for being disinterested. (Last week: 7)
8. Joel Embiid
Embiid has been consistent this entire season, but was passed in the rankings due to him not getting the minutes the other freshmen were getting. With Tarik Black out as the starter, Embiid is about to get big minutes, and his performance to date suggests he will perform just fine. Last week in his only game, Embiid had 18 points, six rebounds, four blocks and three steals. (Last week; NR)
7. Noah Vonleh
I have said before that Vonleh is one of my favorite guys to watch; he plays very hard and is very smart. This week just wasn't his week. He has been very good on the boards, but a week of eight points per game just isn't what I expect to see from Vonleh anymore. I expect him to do better. He has been tremendous thus far, but he seems to have hit a wall. (Last week: 4)
6. Tyler Ennis
Ennis has been one of the steadiest point guards in America, let alone the best freshman point guard. He doesn't leave you feeling as if you just watched a future NBA All-Star like some of the other highly-ranked freshmen, but he gets the job done every night. This week, he exploded against St. Johns and had a career-high 21 points. (Last week: 9)
5. Andrew Wiggins
Wiggins has only had two good games in the past three weeks, and those were both in losses. This week, he threw up a nice little 3-of-11 from the field against New Mexico. Sure, Kansas won, but he has been less than spectacular in the past few weeks. Wiggins is still riding the high from his hot start, but he will fall in these rankings if we don't start to see more of that potential on a regular basis. (Last week: 3)
4. Aaron Gordon
Gordon and the Arizona Wildcats are still no. 1 in the country, and he is a big reason why. Last week, he put in 25 points and nine rebounds in two games, and he continues to be make an impact on the defensive end as well. Gordon's athleticism is unrivaled in college basketball for someone his size, and he knows how to use it to his advantage. (Last week: 4)
3. Jordan Mickey
Mickey has risen all season long, and he was expected to take a backseat when Jarell Martin got back. However, Mickey continues to play well. This week, he had 25 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in LSU's only game. Mickey is killing it this season, and now his name in being thrown around in NBA mock drafts. Good for you, Jordan. (Last week: 6)
2. Julius Randle
Randle had the worst game of his career in a loss to North Carolina last week, but his overall body of work is terrific, and that is why he is staying put. One bad game isn't enough to knock him down, at least not when no one else had a breakout week. Randle is still averaging a double-double -- 17.2 points and 11.4 rebounds -- but he has seemed to lose some of his aggressiveness, that's something to keep an eye on as the season progresses. (Last week: 2)
1. Jabari Parker
Parker is no. 1 for the third consecutive week. What can you say about him that hasn't already been said? He can score, rebound and defend, and he also has a high basketball IQ. Last week, he had 21 points and six rebounds in Duke's only game. (Last week: 1)