With the last days of nonconference play bringing marquee matchups in bunches, college basketball’s best freshmen are getting to show what they’re made of against the country’s older stars. More often than not, the youngsters have been thrashing their more experienced foes.
Kansas center Joel Embiid, for one, took on Georgetown’s 6’10”, 350-pound Joshua Smith and New Mexico’s 7’0”, 245-pound Alex Kirk in his last two games. Neither junior could do anything to stop the Jayhawks’ seven-foot frosh from turning in two of his best games of the season.
Read on to see where Embiid now stands among the ranks of the 20 most impressive first-year stars around the country.