In decades past, a list like this wouldn't exist.
Star freshmen would still be in the larval stages of their college careers, just now exiting the cocoons spun by their meddlesome coaches and tottering onto the national stage.
But, alas, times have changed, and with them, so has our timeline for evaluation. With no guarantees that any of these players will return for their sophomore seasons, we're giving you a midseason update on the top 25 talents from the class of 2012 (as ranked by the ESPN 100).
And if you're unhappy with how your guy measures up, take heart: Twenty games do not a college career make. For those who choose to stay, there is plenty of time to improve.
Note: All dashboard stats courtesy of ESPN.com and current as of Saturday night. Tempo-free metrics courtesy of kenpom.com.
There's also been some confusion about the order of the slides. The number next to each player's name indicates his ranking in the ESPN 100. It is not a measure of how well he was played this year (i.e. Cameron Ridley is at number eight because he was deemed the eighth-best recruit coming into 2012).