College Basketball: Comparing the Top 10 Incoming Freshmen to NBA Players

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College Basketball: Comparing the Top 10 Incoming Freshmen to NBA Players
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In today’s world of college sports, we all want immediate results.

Ever since David Stern instituted the "one-and-done" rule that requires NBA prospects to play at least one season in college (or overseas) before joining the NBA, superstar freshmen have certainly impacted college hoops.

Whether it was Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. leading Ohio State to the national title game, Kevin Durant scoring at will against the rest of the Big 12 or Kentucky’s recent run of freshmen-oriented dominance, first-year players are no longer waiting a few years to make their mark.

What about this year’s crop of dynamic freshmen? Will they lead their teams to glory, a la Kentucky, or perhaps not be heard from for a few seasons as they develop their games?

Using the 10 highest rated prospects from the class of 2012 according to scout.com (as well as their scouting reports), here is an NBA comparison for each player.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that I am merely suggesting these prospects have similar games to their NBA comparisons and am not guaranteeing that Shabazz Muhammad is going to be the next LeBron James.

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