As conference races around the country start to boil down to the top few contenders, so do our college basketball freshman power rankings. The first-year standouts who have survived the pressure of conference play are now playing vital roles as their teams jockey for position in the standings (and seeding for the Big Dance).
Marcus Foster and Kansas State face an uphill battle in the loaded Big 12, but the freshman guard isn’t going down without a fight. He led his team’s two biggest wins of the season with a combined 54 points in back-to-back games against Texas and Kansas.
Herein, a closer look at Foster’s hot streak and the rest of the 20 biggest freshman stars from around college hoops. Just like the committee does on Selection Sunday, these rankings give a little extra weight to recent performance, in the interest of rewarding players who are making an impact at the most crucial times of the season.