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10 College Basketball Freshmen Who Don’t Get Enough Respect

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College Basketball Freshmen Who Don't Get Enough Respect

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Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon, Tyler Ennis, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh are some of the best players in college basketball. They are all very talented and get the attention they deserve. However, let’s take a look at 10 college basketball freshmen who don’t get enough respect.

Not all of these players are the best in the country and they may not even be the best on their team. They all do make a big difference, though, and who knows where their teams would be without them.

You will find that a couple of these freshmen do get a good amount of buzz, but there are at least two players on this list that should be up their with the likes of Parker, Wiggins and everybody else.

I will tell you one thing, though, there are three freshmen from the SEC that should be considered some of the best in the game, not just some of the best first-year players.

You will find a few players from mid-major teams on this list, but for the most part the list of players play for power conference teams.

Not all of these players should be considered in the top 10 when it comes to the best freshmen in the country. Some of them just deserve some more attention.

Who knows who will win freshman of the year, but I am sure the winner will come out of this group of players: Wiggins, Gordon, Ennis, Parker, Randle and Joel Embiid. All of those players are very deserving of the award.

Well, let’s take a look at 10 freshmen who deserve more respect.

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Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s Red Storm

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In no way is Rysheed Jordan the best freshman this year, but he is still a very talented one that is putting up decent numbers. In just 22.6 minutes per game, Jordan is averaging 8.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

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Kareem Canty, Marshall Thundering Herd

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Kareem Canty may play for a less-known Marshall team, but he is still putting up big boy numbers--16.7 points per game and 6.6 assists per game.

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Jordan Mickey, LSU Tigers

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Jordan Mickey is one of the best freshman in the country and I am sure not many people will deny that. After all, he is putting up 13.1 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game and 3.6 blocks per game.

However, his name does not get as much recognition as Tyler Ennis, Joel Embiid and others and it really should. That is especially true if Mickey can help lead his team to the NCAA tournament.

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Marcus Foster, Kansas State

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If you have never heard the name Marcus Foster--although I am sure a lot of you have--you better get to know the name real quick.

Foster is averaging 13.4 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and two assists per game as a freshman.

Foster was basically unheard of coming into the season, but he is now arguably the best player on a Kansas Sate team that is still a dark horse to win the Big 12 title (2.5 games out of first place).

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Bobby Portis, Arkansas Razorbacks

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If Arkansas is going to make the dance this year, Bobby Portis is going to have to be even better than he already has been. He is averaging 12.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Regardless, Portis is one of the best freshman in the SEC, which means he is one of the best freshman in college hoops. Kentucky does play in the conference, who brought in arguably the best recruiting class of all time.

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James Young, Kentucky Wildcats

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James Young is getting a decent amount of buzz this season, but you would think a player who is scoring 14.7 points per game and grabbing 4.5 boards per game would get as much attention as the top freshmen in college basketball.

At the same time, it is hard to mention every single player on Kentucky for the simple fact that the Wildcats are probably the most talented team in the sport. Notice how I did not say the best.

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Jon Severe, Fordham Rams

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Jon Severe plays for Fordham which is a big reason why he is not in the headlines very often.

His stats would suggest that he is a star: 19.7 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game and 37.9 percent from behind the arc.

Severe scored 19 points against Syracuse (on the road), 29 against Harvard and 22 at Saint Louis. His season-high is 35. This is definitely a player that deserves more recognition despite the fact that his team is not very good (8-12 overall).

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Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington Huskies

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Maybe Nigel Williams-Goss will start getting more respect after his latest 32-point performance against Oregon State. He is averaging 13 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game as well.

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Eric Mika, BYU Cougars

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Eric Mika is living up to his expectations as he is putting up 13.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Mika plays for a BYU team that could make the Big Dance and he is just as good as anyone.

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Wayne Selden, Kansas Jayhawks

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I hope everyone has heard of Wayne Selden by now. Selden is averaging 10 points per game, which isn’t as high as some of the other freshmen on Kansas, but he does shoot 46.4 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from behind the arc.

Selden’s biggest problem is the fact that Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid get way more attention and that is probably an understatement.