By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on May 26, 2014
This year’s Big 12 doesn’t have the onslaught of incoming talent it was blessed with last season with Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and the unexpected freshman, Isaiah Taylor. But as usual, Kansas will have their share of All-American’s in Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre, while Texas lured in the No. 2 recruit, Myles Turner, along with Jordan Barnett. But which freshmen will make the biggest impact?
Jordan Barnett’s style is tailored towards what Rick Barnes has instilled at Texas. He has great size to compliment his outstanding leaping ability, shooting touch and physicality around the rim. Texas will be stacked next season, but Barnett is a perfect fit at small forward and will prove his abilities as a vital piece of a Longhorns squad eyeing a Big 12 championship.
Dante Buford is an absolute force as a stretch-forward who, for the most part, takes residence above the rim. The Oklahoma commit is ranked as the No. 72 prospect and rightfully so considering his athleticism and ability to score around the basket. Whether he fills the void left by Cameron Clark or adds depth to Oklahoma’s already talented wings, Buford will have a huge impact in Norman next season.
Kelly Oubre will likely become the starter on the wing opposite of Wayne Selden Jr. Oubre will bring elite athleticism and scoring ability that will ensure his role and one of the primary options in the Kansas offense. As another incoming freshman who lives above the rim, Oubre will be a force that could possibly result in him being the top small forward in the conference.
Myles Turner heads to Texas as the most intriguing recruit since Kevin Durant. Turner is a devastating defender with a niche for dominance in the paint to compliment his guard-like handles and shooting touch. Turner can simply do it all, and his only problem will be the loaded frontcourt at Texas during his freshman season.
It’s not often that you see an incoming freshman with the potential to completely dominate their competition. As for Cliff Alexander, that’s a very real possibility, which is why he tops this list. In a nutshell, Cliff is an elite athlete who just refuses to be stopped in the paint, both offensively and defensively.
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