The college basketball season is still young and so, too, is our first annual Frosh Watch rankings, our weekly scan across the sport wherein we rank the top freshmen based upon their statistical profiles and impact on their new teams.
The debut of our column was one of our tougher assignments in recent memory given how many freshmen have fared well this season — and that doesn’t include five-stars Dariq Whitehead, Dereck Lively, Cam Whitmore and Nick Smith Jr., who have all been injured — but David Cobb and I each submitted separate ballots and took the aggregate of our rankings to deliver a top five fresh out of the oven.
You’ll see below that this week in particular is SEC-heavy with not only the top Freshman of the Week coming from the conference, but also the top two in our rankings being represented by No. 18 Alabama and No. 15 Kentucky, respectively. But the Big 12, Big Ten and ACC all had talents that earned spots on the rankings, including a pair of five-stars and the son of a Fab Five legend who is looking one-and-done good.
Without further ado, let’s jump into our first rankings and get to our first CBS Sports/USBWA Freshman of the Week.
Welcome back to the Frosh Watch, our weekly ranking of the five most impressive freshmen in college basketball. CBS Sports has once again teamed up with the United States Basketball Writers Association and its Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award to present this every-Tuesday feature. Each week we’ll start by announcing the national Freshman of the Week honoree. The cycle for FOTW runs Tuesday-Monday.
This was a toss-up all week until Monday when Anthony Black went out and took the award running away. Black was the catalyst to No. 9 Arkansas’ smackdown of Louisville in its 80-54 win in the Maui Invitational, posting a career-high 26 points and six assists to go with a pair of steals and a team-high plus-minus of +27.
Black was the…
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Author : Kyle Boone
Publish date : 2022-11-22 20:02:12
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