Every year, millions of college basketball fans can't wait to hear Dick Vitale's first game and for the veteran sportscaster to start talking about the "Diaper Dandies, baby!"
Those "Diaper Dandies" are always the talk of college basketball and huge performers for their top-ranked teams.
Players like Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers are ready to perform under the bright lights and will have an even bigger audience to play for, considering the NBA is in a lockout.
Read on for five freshmen who will dominate this year and surely be top draft picks in next year's NBA draft (if there even is a season).
Anthony Davis is overflowing with potential as a combo forward and could very well be the first pick of next year's NBA draft.
He was a 6'2" guard until a sudden eight-inch growth spurt, further propelling him as an elite prospect. He has the ability to shoot—since he was a guard previously—and has the length to block shots down low.
Davis easily has the most upside of any freshman and will be a huge factor on John Calipari's stacked Kentucky Wildcats team. Expect to see him in All-American consideration and lead a deep tournament run for Kentucky. Both HoopsHype and NBADraft.net have Davis listed at the third pick for the draft.
Andre Drummond is nothing short of a man-child: Think Dwight Howard size combined with more shooting and dribbling skills. This guy is just flat-out dominant and, like so many people have said over the years, you can't teach size. His rare mix of skill and strength will surely make him a top draft pick and possibly even first overall.
Jim Calhoun's UConn squad is going to have a talented frontcourt with Drummond and Alex Oriakhi, and they will definitely be in the race for a deep run in March. Look for Drummond to be dominant all season, roughing up opposing centers en route to a successful freshman year and lots of publicity come draft time.
Just a side note: Watch this video for some unreal dunks from Drummond and some of his UConn teammates.
Austin Rivers is one of the more highly touted scorers in this class and heads to Mike Krzyzewski's Duke team—a squad that could certainly use his scoring ability.
Rivers has that swagger that every kid loves to have but sometimes lets it get ahead of himself. Coach K is the perfect coach to help Rivers learn to use that swagger and harness the momentum it can give him.
There is no doubt that Rivers will be one of the more scrutinized freshman in the country: He's going to Duke, and his dad is former-NBA player and current Boston Celtics head coach, Doc Rivers.
Expect Rivers to play like Harrison Barnes did last year, starting off slow but heating up in the second half of the season.
Marquis Teague, younger brother of current Atlanta Hawk Jeff Teague, is trying to be the next dominant point guard for John Calipari and has all the skills to get the job done. His unique blend of athleticism, dribbling ability and passing skill makes him the perfect point guard to run the show at Kentucky next year.
Teague joins a stacked Kentucky recruiting class and could be the most important of the bunch. John Calipari always puts a premium in talented point guards, relying on them to be their own coach on the floor.
Teague has the responsibility of feeding guys like Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Glichrist, all while creating shots for himself.
Expect Teague to be a strong all-around player—in the same mold as Brandon Knight—and gain invaluable experience from playing under a coach such as Calipari.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is one of those rare athletic and skilled wingmen who can do a little bit of everything. Kidd-Gilchrist is another member of the highly talented Kentucky recruiting class and will be counted on to perform, just like Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague.
Kidd-Gilchrist has the least pressure on him out of all of the impact freshmen and should be given some time to grow into his role, with players not leaning on him quite as much as Drummond and Rivers. This is perfect for someone like Kidd-Gilchrist, allowing him to focus even more on the little things, like playing good defense, that he does so well.
Expect an overall solid season from Kidd-Gilchrist and a couple games in where he is just plain better than his counterpart. This kid has a bunch of potential and will try his best to show off for NBA scouts.