The role of the freshman in college basketball has evolved a number of times. There was an age when first-year players couldn’t even suit up in the games, and now squads like Kentucky have fallen into the habit of stacking Final Four banners on the backs of freshmen-dominated groups.
Since the nation’s best 18-year-olds are no longer allowed to head straight to the NBA a la LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, the quality of freshmen players is arguably the best it has ever been.
There is certainly a chance that some freshmen could find themselves in conference or even national player of the year races in 2013-14.
Read on to see the 10 most likely candidates while keeping in mind that this isn’t necessarily a list of the top 10 freshmen, just the ones in the best position to put up gaudy individual stats (hence why the Harrison brothers, who will split stats and votes, aren’t on here).