By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 2, 2014
College basketball was quite an entertaining thing last season, but I do not think that this year's pack of freshman are getting quite enough notice. You will see that many of these diaper dandies are going to some of the top college basketball programs in the country, but other commits followed great coaching and not necessarily program prestige. You might be surprised about who I picked, and you should check out the next slide just to be sure.
Some people might not agree with me here, but my reasoning to include Tyus Jones is because we are talking about college basketball and not professional potential. I believe Jones could put up first team All ACC numbers, but he will find it hard to pass Marcus Paige for that honor.
The SMU Mustangs are getting an absolute gem in Emmanuel Mudiay, and I am predicting that they will not miss the NCAA tournament next season. The point guard out of Prime Prep (TX) had an amazing high school career, but they did not manage to get back to the National Invitational. I know that will only drive Mudiay to work harder at his game though, and so we should see a much improved player next season.
Some have compared Stanley Johnson to LeBron James, but I am not willing to go that far yet. Johnson does have quite nice control of the basketball though, and I could see him making a run at Pac-12 freshman of the year for the Arizona Wildcats.
Cliff Alexander will make sure that Kansas Jayhawk fans do not miss Andrew Wiggins for too long. In the near future, both of those young men should be in the NBA, and it cannot come quickly enough for me. Alexander had many battles with the number one player on this list, and you probably know who it is.
You knew this was coming ever since the intro slide, but that doesn't mean we can't still have a little fun. Okafor is an absolute beast on the low block, and he also showed improved conditioning last season. That means bad news for the rest of the ACC, and I could see this young man having a Tim Duncan-esque effect on the conference.
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