All-Freshman Team: NCAA's Year of the Young'n

Kirby MorrisCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2008

Michael Beasley, forward, Kansas State

25.3 ppg, 12.4 rebounds

It has been obvious that he very well could be the Player of the Year with the numbers he is putting up and the success his team is having. I sure would not want to play against the Beasley-led Wildcats come March.


Patrick Patterson, forward, Kentucky

17.1 ppg, 8.1 rebounds

I think Patterson is the most important player on any team. If he was not with Kentucky they would not of had much success at all this year. He has had his ups and downs, but he is really coming on as of late. I chose him simply because how valuable he is to his team.


Derrick Rose, guard, Memphis

14.1 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists

He was the x-factor for Memphis this year and is the main reason they are ranked No. 1 and undefeated. As he goes they go, and if he continues to play the way he is Memphis will be the last team standing.


Eric Gordon, guard, Indiana

21.4 ppg, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists

Indiana has been a force this year, at times they have been inconsistent, but a force none the less. He did play against a little weaker competition at the beginning of the year and is now finding it a little harder to score in conference. But he still has the ability to get to the rim when he wants. He can shoot the ball from all over.


O.J. Mayo, guard, USC

20.1 ppg, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists

At crucial times this season, Mayo has put USC on his back. He has a great freshman teammate in Davon Jefferson who deserves some of the credit for USC's success. Mayo is putting up big numbers in a tough conference. It makes you wonder what he would be like with a great supporting cast around him.



Kevin Love, Forward/Center, UCLA

17.4 ppg, 11.2 rebounds

Love is the main reason UCLA had been as successful as they have been, especially at the beginning of the season when Collison was injured. He is relentless around the rim and extremely hard to stop with his size. The only reason I have him as a reserve because he is not as fast as the other big men I have.


Jerryd Bayless, guard, Arizona

19.3 ppg, 4.5 assists

Bayless is one of many great freshmen guards. Arizona has a team full of young stars and Bayless and Budinger lead the bunch.


Honorable Mention

Kyle Singler, Duke; James Harden, Arizona State; Andrew Ogilvy, Vanderbilt; DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh; Chris Warren, Ole Miss; Davon Jefferson, USC; Donte Greene, Syracuse


I know there are plenty of diaper dandies I could choose from, but I looked at overall performance and how much these players meant to there respective teams.

Does anyone think we have ever had a better class of freshmen?