Sports Illustrated rolled out two lists yesterday of the best freshmen in the country.
Luke Winn rolled out his Freshmen Who Fit team, headlined by Tennessee’s Tobias Harris. These aren’t the best freshmen in the country, but they are the ones that have been getting the most out of their ability while flying under the radar. As with everything Winn puts together, this column in a must-read.
Not to be outdone, Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress.com put together a list of the freshmen that are the best one-and-done prospects. If you’re surprised by any of the names on Givony’s list, than I suggest you head back to Perez Hilton.
Both of those guys missed on one freshman, however.
Brandon Young of DePaul.
Young has been fantastic early in the season, and is a huge reason why DePaul is sitting at 3-4 on the year and not 0-7. He’s averaging a team-high 16.3 ppg, the fifth most among freshmen this season. The last two games — both wins, by the way — Young has averaged 24.0 ppg, including a 31 point outburst against Central Michigan on Sunday. In that 31 point outburst, Young went 6-6 from deep after shooting just 1-9 in his first six games.
Young, and DePaul, are not going to get much attention this season. That whats happens when you play for what routinely ends up being one of the worst high-major teams in the country. Young, at the least, deserves to be acknowledged for the way he has played early this season.
I’d say he’s fitting in pretty well with Oliver Purnell, right Luke?