The choice of Alabama's Trevor Releford over first-year players from Kentucky and Florida as the SEC freshman of the year is sure to shock some. Watch Releford play, and you may feel differently.
A product of Kansas City, Missouri, Releford steadily climbed recruiting rankings through his high school career. By the time it was over, he established himself as a top 10 PG in the class of 2010.
At 6'0'', 180, Releford doesn't have ideal size for a BCS-level guard. He makes up for it with amazing quickness and unrivaled ballhandling ability. Releford gets into the paint at will where he just as easily makes plays for others as he does for himself. Though his jumper is improved, he still needs to get more consistent with his outside shot to reach his full potential as a player.
Releford has been handed the keys to the Crimson Tide car by coach Anthony Grant, and he's not looking back. Alabama is in good hands with him at the wheel, and could surprise this season in the SEC. If they do, it will undoubtedly be due to the play of their freshman PG.
Others considered: Patric Young, Florida; Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones, Kentucky; Damontre Harris, South Carolina
Note: This spot belongs to Kentucky's Enes Kanter if the decision on his eligibility is overturned.