Who Will Have The Better Freshman Season: Knight Or Barnes?
Looking into the 2010-11 college basketball season there is two superstars that are expected to be the most anticipated. Kentucky Freshman Guard, Brandon Knight, and North Carolina Freshman Foward Harrison Barnes. John Calipari has struck gold once again with Freshman Brandon Knight. Although he is not as good as Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, or John Wall, Knight is not very far behind. If I would compare his game to an NBA player it would be Jason Terry. He is a big point guard with excellent size at 6-3 185, and speed and scoring ability. Extremely fast player who excels pushing the ball up the court. Has a tremendous first step to get by opponents off the dribble. Excellent at driving to the basket, good body control, and a quality finisher on the move. Very creative passer, quick decision maker, has an excellent jumpshot with range out to 3 point, and good shooter off the dribble. An excellent defender who uses his length and quickness to stay in front of his man. Very smart, engaging young man with a bright future. He may not be worthy of number one pick but he will definitely be taken in the top 3 of the 2011 NBA Draft. I pick Knight to win the College Player Of The Year Award.
As far as Harrison Barnes goes, he will be the second choice to win the College Player Of The Year Award. I would compare him to Grant Hill He is an athletic wing with long arms (7-foot wingspan), good muscle tone and excellent body balance. He shows a good understanding of the game making positive decisions with the ball, has excellent form on his shot, and developing range. Barnes can pull up off the dribble and hit shots, does a good job of attacking the basket and creating contact and free throw shooting opportunities. Usually knocks down shots from the line at a good rate around 85%, has only been playing primarily on the wing for the past 18 months, before that he was an inside player so he’s on a steep development curve learning how to play the wing. His development has been very quick which bodes well for him. Gives good effort on the defensive end getting low and using a proper defensive stance. North Carolina will be playing late in March because of Barnes and hopefully foward John Henson can play up to his potential.
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