With conference tournament action almost here, it’s time for one more regular-season round of our college basketball freshman power rankings. With 20-plus games behind them, some of the nation’s elite first-year talents are starting to show how much they’ve learned from their first taste of Division I hoops.
One of the most improved of the bunch is Jarell Martin, whose season got off to a delayed start thanks to an injured ankle. Now that he’s found his footing, he’s starting to play like the would-be scoring star who helped elevate Johnny Jones’ recruiting class to the national top 10.
Herein, a closer look at Martin’s hot streak and the rest of the 20 most impressive freshmen from around the country this season. As always, the most recent games carry a little extra weight here as the tension ratchets up in conference play.
Dropping out this week: Eric Mika, BYU; Andrew Harrison, Kentucky