4 Fab Freshmen
Ryan Boatright, PG, Connecticut – Go ahead and add UConn to the list of teams (Florida, Duke, Washington, etc.) with ridiculously loaded backcourts. In his second collegiate game following a six-game NCAA suspension, Boatright dropped 23 points off the bench against Arkansas. Quick and aggressive at 6-foot-nothing (if that), Boatright was all over the place with floaters, drives and pull-up jumpers, outshining UConn’s other star guards, Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb.
Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana – While older brother Tyler (North Carolina) is going through the part of the pro-prospect process where his game is being picked apart for flaws, Cody is in that exciting place where each week uncovers something else that will draw pro scouts to watch him play. At 6-11, he does everything you want as a traditional power forward, but with a little perimeter smoothness. Cody posted 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four blocks against Stetson.
B.J. Young, SG, Arkansas – Between his scorer’s mentality, offensive skill set and the Razorbacks’ up-tempo system, Young is a lock to average 20 points per game for a whole season. That is, if he sticks around for more than a one-and-done. The 6-3 guard poured in 28 points against UConn, is averaging 15.4 points while playing only 22 minutes per night.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky – For all the talent on the floor during Kentucky/UNC, only one individual stat line stood out from the pack: 17 points and 11 rebounds by Kidd-Gilchrist. Many high school stars have to adjust to not being The Man in college, but Kidd-Gilchrist knows the drill. The 6-7 wing played alongside Kyrie Irving and Dexter Strickland at St. Patrick High School (N.J.).