Current freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke, Julius Randle of Kentucky and Aaron Gordon of Arizona are already drawing comparisons to the top college freshmen of the recent past.
Are they better than John Wall was in 2010, or better than Carmelo Anthony was in 2003? To make sense of such comparisons, it's worthwhile to create power rankings for the 14 players who have been named national freshman of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association since the start of the 1999-2000 season.
Our power rankings are based only on those players' freshman seasons, not on their subsequent college accomplishments or on their pro careers.
You will notice that a number of high-quality freshmen, such as Derrick Rose and Kevin Love, are not included because they were not named national freshman of the year.
For our list, each of the 14 freshmen of the year is given a power ranking. The rankings are posted in ascending order, with the top freshman of the year from this century listed last. You could make a case for any of the top four being No. 1.