Incoming College Basketball Freshmen Who'll Have an Instant Impact in 2014-15

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Incoming College Basketball Freshmen Who'll Have an Instant Impact in 2014-15
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Once a game grounded in the gradual improvements of four-year players, college basketball has become heavily reliant upon the instant impact of incoming freshman, and we've ranked what we expect to be the 10 most impactful arrivals on the 2014-15 scene.

Please note this is not a hierarchical list of the most talented incoming freshman. Rather, this is a ranking of how likely we feel they are to become the most valuable player for a national title contender.

Instead of simply evaluating each player's skills, we also considered projected rotations and the expected strength of each team. After all, it's hard to have an instant impact when playing sparingly for a team that makes the tournament or playing extensively for a team that doesn't.

As you'll see on the list of honorable mentions, a lot of quality names missed the cut. However, the players expected to make the biggest impact are the ones like Justin Jackson and Jahlil Okafor who could be the leading scorer for an already strong rotation expected to make a deep tournament run.

 

Strengths and Areas for Improvement listed on the following slides are courtesy of ScoutHoops.com.

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