Nothing can turn a college basketball team around faster than adding a big-time freshman. One easy way for fans to learn what their team is getting in its latest recruiting class is to compare the incoming youngsters (prematurely, of course) to the more recognizable stars of the NBA.
Kentucky-bound Karl-Anthony Towns, for example, is a 6’11” center with the three-point touch of a shooting guard. He can only hope to enjoy as much NBA success with that approach as Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks’ perennial scoring leader.
Herein, a closer look at the similarities (and differences) between Towns and the Dallas veteran, along with pro doppelgangers for the rest of the top 20 stars from our freshman rankings for 2014-15. Note that these comparisons are based on style rather than projected success—just because Towns plays Nowitzki’s kind of game doesn’t mean he’s also headed for a dozen All-Star appearances.