The 2013-14 freshman class is loaded -- and despite what those in Lexington might say, those freshmen don’t all wear Kentucky Wildcats jerseys.
The talent is so significant throughout the nation that we have opted to implement a weekly feature this season: the Freshman Tracker.
It will be a way to follow the best first-year players throughout the season. We’ll have updates on how they did on the floor, with quotes from those who saw them over the week (i.e. NBA executives, college coaches, scouts, analysts).
With many of these guys making their college debuts this weekend, here’s the first edition of the Freshman Tracker, looking at the 10 freshmen who likely will have the biggest impact on college basketball this season. Again, this is NOT a ranking of their status as NBA prospects, it's a ranking of performance. That said, let's get started.
1. Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky Wildcats
6-foot-9, 250 pounds
The Texas native is a big, strong power forward who is capable of dominating in the paint, but also has the ability to step out and make shots from the perimeter. Expect him to emerge as the most consistent and productive Kentucky player this season because of his high motor. He’s a potential double-double guy every night, and is a difficult matchup because of his strength, athleticism and versatility.