In the 2014 NCAA tournament, just as in the season that preceded it, freshmen will need to play crucial roles on some of the best teams in the country. Now, the young stars step onto a stage bigger than any they’ve ever encountered—and for some of the highest stakes in all of sports.
One first-year standout who’s shown a taste for the spotlight already has been Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis. A frequent late-game hero during the Orange’s scorching-hot start, Ennis was the best point guard in the class by a wide margin.
Will that performance be good enough to rank him as the top freshman in the field of 68? Read on for more on Ennis and nine more of the most explosive frosh still hoping to cut down the nets in Arlington. We also have a special honorable-mention spot for a player who clearly belongs on this list but may or may not appear in the Big Dance.