5 Best Freshmen Not Named Anthony Davis in 2012 NBA Draft
Believe it or not, there are outstanding freshmen in this year's draft that don't possess the nation's most popular unibrow.
There's always that freshman phenom in the draft that absolutely steals the show once he turns pro.
There's also the freshman who has all the hype surrounding him when he decides to leave college early, only to crash and burn hard on the court.
In this year's draft, freshmen are expected to make quite an impact in the first round.
Let's take a look at five legitimate freshmen other than Anthony Davis that will make names for themselves when they're taken in the first round.
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Even though he towers at 7' and weighs nearly 280 pounds, UConn center Andre Drummond remains an unproven big man.
Drummond, who turns 19 in August, had a very inconsistent season for the Huskies in 2012.
There were games where he was grabbing every rebound under the sky, like the 14 he grabbed against Syracuse.
There were other times, like when the Huskies faced Seton Hall, where he couldn't put anything in the basket.
Although Drummond remains one of the top centers in the draft, other big men like Tyler Zeller and Meyers Leonard have more experience and could easily be taken ahead of him.
His maturity and discipline will put a damper on his draft stock, but his explosiveness under the basket makes him one of the more exciting picks on the board.
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Moe Harkless had a tremendous freshman season in the overpowering Big East Conference.
He was the only bright spot for St. John's who finished with just 13 wins.
Harkless averaged over 15 points and eight rebounds per game in 2012 and finished the season First Team All-Conference and was selected to the Big East All-Defensive Team.
His defense is a pivotal part of his game and he averaged 1.6 steals along with 1.4 blocks per game last season.
Unlike others in the conference, Harkless played very well against the stronger teams in the Big East.
Not to mention his finest performance came against then-No. 6 Duke when he finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds.
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Austin Rivers turned heads faster than the Exorcist in his freshman season at Duke.
Being the son of an NBA coach can add the unnecessary pressure to perform well in the NBA.
Mike Dunleavy Jr. didn't pan out in the NBA, but Rivers is something special.
He flat-out stole the show for Duke in 2012.
He scored in double-digits 17 straight games to close out the season and his buzzer-beater over North Carolina was the highlight to his remarkable season.
His talent and the knowledge passed down to him by his championship-winning father, Doc Rivers, makes him a legitimate lottery pick in this year's draft.
With all of the depth at shooting guard this year, Rivers remains one of the top-three on the board.
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Though his 11.8 points per game don't exactly jump out at you on paper, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's ability to rebound well and force turnovers make him one of the best players in the draft.
There have been talks about him going as high as No. 4 to Cleveland, which would make him the highest drafted Wildcat under Anthony Davis.
Kidd-Gilchrist finished his freshman season First Team All-SEC and was also selected to the SEC All-Defensive Team.
His consistency on the court sweetens the pot for the team that drafts him.
His 24-point 19-rebound performance against then-No. 4 Louisville was his best performance of his championship-winning season.
Putting up those kind of numbers against the fourth-best team in the nation will stand out among the rest.
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Bradley Beal's draft stock has risen at an alarming rate in the last few weeks. It shouldn't be shocking at all since he came out of the gates on fire for Florida.
In his only season as a Gator, Beal scored 102 points in his first six games. He also finished the year with six double-doubles.
Beal led all SEC guards in rebounding, averaging 6.2 boards per game, and was named First Team All-SEC.
He played his best basketball in the NCAA Tournament when he averaged nearly 16 points per game, and helped lead Florida to the Elite 8.