The beginning of any college basketball season focuses squarely on the freshmen who, more than likely, would rather have entered the NBA draft. They were forced by extenuating rules to enter the college game. Naturally, all the attention is on them from the beginning through the end. They cast a long shadow.
That shadow cloaks the hundreds of other players, let alone freshmen in the 2013-2014 season. After trolling the sea of college basketball, a few freshmen surfaced that aren't named Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker but who, nonetheless, made heavy contributions to their teams.
Only two of the following freshmen even cracked the ESPN 100 list (Jordan Mickey, 38th; Mamadou Ndiaye, 74th) as the top recruits heading into this season. The others weren't so dignified as to be represented. Their expectations weren't that of the others on the list, which makes where they stand in the world of college basketball all the more impressive.
Read on to meet some of the country's most overachieving freshmen.