College basketball will feature many more talented freshmen during the 2012-13 season. Fifteen players from ESPN's Top 100 will help their teams be consistent enough all season to make serious noise during March Madness.
These days, the top college assets are spending only a short time at their universities before making the leap to the NBA. Last season, John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats were the most dominant force and were almost entirely led by freshmen now gone to the pros.
Coaches are looking for instant impact when they recruit. The following freshmen will all be major reasons why their teams are in the tournament hunt come March.
Note: UCLA recruits Shabazz Muhammad (No. 2), Kyle Anderson (No. 5), and Tony Parker (No. 26) are intentionally left off this list. The three are currently being investigated by the NCAA, as illegal recruitment procedures are believed to have been used.