Carmelo Anthony did it a few years ago at Syracuse, and last year we saw major contributions from Kevin Durant at Texas and Greg Oden at Ohio State.
This year there are freshman just as talented who are leading their teams and, in some cases, carrying them on their backs.
Here are my picks for the Top 10 freshmen so far this season:
Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Beasley is averaging a whopping 27.2 points and 15.5 rebounds per game this year under first-year coach Frank Martin.
He's taken charge of the Wildcats and led them to a 5-1 record to start the season.
OJ Mayo, USC
Mayo came into a USC program that has seen some big contributors bolt to the NBA, but they still have good young players.
Mayo has been leading the way since he arrived in So Cal with reports of the West Virginia native pushing guys on and off the court.
He is averaging over 21 points, almost five rebounds, and more than three assists per game. USC finds itself on a five game winning streak after winning the inaugural Anaheim Classic, thanks in no small part to tournament MVP, OJ Mayo.
Kevin Love, UCLA
Love is a much-needed dominating big man, the likes of which the Bruins haven't seen in a while—and he hasn't disappointed.
The much hyped Oregon-born prep star is averaging more than 19 point and 10 rebounds per contest, helping the Burins hold on to the top spot in both polls, starting the season with six impressive wins.
Donte Greene, Syracuse
Where have we heard this before?
Jim Boeheim has an ultra-talented forward in his front court in Donte Greene. The last time a player dominated at this position for Syracuse, they hung the national title banner in the Carrier Dome.
Greene is leading the Orange with more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, along with almost three blocks per contest.
Eric Gordon, Indiana
Gordon is leading the Hoosiers in points (27), assists (3.6), and steals (2.0).
The Hoosiers haven't captured any national attention, so Gordon is likely flying under a lot of radars, even with those staggering numbers.
JJ Hickson, NC State
Hickson is currently leading Sidney Lowe's team with 18 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks per contest.
Kosta Koufos, Ohio State
Koufos is leading last year's national runner with more than 18 points and eight rebounds per game.
The seven footer moves into the spot left open by Greg Oden, who was the first pick in last year's NBA draft. Koufos has filled in nicely averaging almost two blocks per game.
James Anderson, Oklahoma State
Anderson leads a sub-par Oklahoma State team with 19.2 PPG. Add in his three rebounds, two assists, and two steals per game and he has become a sure fire leader for the Cowboys.
Kyle Singler, Duke
Singler leads one of college basketball's most storied programs in scoring (14.3), rebounding (6.3), and blocks (1.2) per game.
Duke won the Maui this year and Singler garnered most valuable player honors for Coach K's Blue Devils.
James Harden, Arizona State
Harden leads the Sun Devils with 16.5 points per game. Add to that 5.5 rebounds and two steals and a block per contest and it is no wonder expectations are high for Arizona State.
There are a dozen more freshmen starters scoring in double digits.
Anthony Randolph (LSU), Derrick Rose (Memphis), DeAndre Jordan (Texas A&M), Johnny Flynn (Syracuse), Patrick Patterson (Kentucky), Brock Pane (Houston) amongst others all deserve honorable mention for being major contributors to contending programs this fall.
With all of these frosh standouts, and so many first-year contributors, upperclassmen better watch their backs.
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