Early entry into the NBA has allowed younger and younger players to dominate college basketball, but the game-changing freshman is far from a new phenomenon. From the first season freshmen were allowed on varsity teams in 1972-73, the best first-year players have been turning in top-flight performances.
Few college debuts in history have been as impressive as Kevin Durant’s arrival at Texas. He left no doubt about his NBA future after winning both the Wooden and Naismith awards in his only season in Austin.
Read on for a closer look at Durant and the rest of the best freshmen ever to appear on a collegiate court.