The introduction of the NBA’s one-and-done rule has made freshmen matter in NCAA basketball like never before. A healthy share of the best freshman seasons in Division I history have come in the past 10 years, largely as a result of players stopping off in school who would otherwise have jumped straight to the pros.
Kevin Durant, for example, warmed up for his string of NBA scoring titles by filling up stat sheets at Texas for a season. The future Thunder star not only had a great freshman year in his own right, but he turned a Longhorns team that had lost its top five scorers into a 25-game winner.
Herein, a closer look at the greatest individual season in Texas history and nine more of the top first-year phenoms from the last 10 seasons of NCAA hoops.