With conference play beginning in earnest around the country, college basketball's top freshmen are in for another culture shock. As much of an adjustment as they've already had to make for the speed of the college game, they'll have another big hurdle to clear as they’re thrown into the heightened intensity of league games against rivals who face each other every year.
Few young players have experienced the resulting swings of momentum as fully as Noah Vonleh through his first two games. The Indiana monolith played brilliantly in a painful loss to Illinois, then got swallowed up by All-America candidate Adreian Payne as his team got blown out at home by Michigan State.
Read on to see where Vonleh’s ups and downs land him in this week’s ranking of the 20 most impressive first-year stars in college hoops.