Big 12 Basketball: Top 5 Freshmen For 2014-15 Season

By Cody Daniel

Big 12 Basketball: Top 5 Freshmen For 2014-15 Season

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Basketball in the Big 12 doesn't look to have the eye popping recruits it did last season with guys like Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, but the conference will still have an incoming group that has its diamonds in the rough, including two of the top three recruits in the nation. That said, who are the top five in the Big 12 for the upcoming season?

5. Dante Buford - Oklahoma

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5. Dante Buford - Oklahoma

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Dante Buford becomes an Oklahoma Sooner as one of the ESPN 100 recruits and has the potential to be a key factor on this season's team. Buford can play both forward positions with his dominating presence in the paint and ability to step out and handle the ball and create his own shot on the wing. Buford's biggest obstacle as a freshman will be trying to mind significant minutes on a loaded roster.

4. Joe Burton - Oklahoma State

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4. Joe Burton - Oklahoma State

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Oklahoma State took some major hits with all of their departures this offseason, but Joe Burton is just the guy to come in and make an immediate impact. He’ll likely start right out of the gate and bring with him a skill set that should make him a star in Stillwater down the road.

3. Kelly Oubre - Kansas

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3. Kelly Oubre - Kansas

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Yet another McDonald’s All-American on their way to Kansas with Kelly Oubre becoming a Jayhawk. Oubre is a freakish athlete with potential as an overall scorer and lockdown defender. Oubre will join Wayne Selden to make up one of the most impressive wing duos in college basketball.

2. Cliff Alexander - Kansas

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2. Cliff Alexander - Kansas

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Cliff Alexander makes a strong case for the top overall freshman in the Big 12 this season, but he comes in at No. 2 on this list. Alexander is just next in line of the Kansas big men who will turn out to dominate just about anybody they match up with his overpowering strength and defensive prowess.

1. Myles Turner - Texas

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1. Myles Turner - Texas

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Myles Turner comes in as the No. 2 overall recruit in the nation according to ESPN, and rightfully so. Turner is a 7-foot center who can impact the game offensively and defensively in the paint, as well as step out and knock down shots from beyond the arc at a consistent clip. With such a wide skill set, Turner will prove to be the best freshman the Big 12 has to offer in 2014-15.

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