Earlier this year, a proposal sent out by school presidents from the Pac-12 Conference included a suggestion that college basketball return to the era of freshman ineligibility as a way of dealing with players leaving school after one year to turn pro.
Then earlier this week, one of the nation's most highly touted incoming freshman players, SMU signee Emmanuel Mudiay, announced he was forgoing college hoops altogether and would play professionally overseas for one year until he was eligible for the NBA draft.
Freshmen are the youngest and least experienced players on any college team, no matter the sport. Yet in basketball, they tend to get more attention than all other classes combined. The combination of pre-college hype and future NBA potential (sometimes just a year away) makes this group more scrutinized than a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court.
We're not about to start vetting these players' voting history—and not just because many of them aren't old enough to vote yet—or asking their opinions on hot-button social issues, but we have come up with some criteria that each needs to meet in order to have their first season of college ball be considered a successful one. With that in mind, here's our pass/fail benchmarks for the 21 players rated as a 5-star prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings.