The November meeting between Duke and Kansas—more frequently marketed as Jabari Parker vs. Andrew Wiggins, as if every other player on the court were a wax statue from Madame Tussaud's—was a fitting tipoff to this Year of the Freshman.
Expectations were high that the rookie duo would compete with Arizona forward Aaron Gordon and any number of Kentucky's high-octane recruiting class for all of the national player of the year honors, leaving aged, decrepit underclassmen gasping in their wake.
Fast-forward four months, and the John R. Wooden Award field is down to 15 finalists. While Wiggins and Parker are there, along with Kentucky forward Julius Randle, they're competing with a veteran group of seven seniors. You know, those old farts who stick around college because they're not good enough to be one-and-dones?
These finalists have all put together tremendous seasons, otherwise they wouldn't be here. The most surprising development, however, may be that experience, not youth, will be served.