1. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6’8”, SF, 29.7 Min, 14.3 PPG, 5.6 RBG, 49.3 FG%, 113.8 ORTG
The top ranked player in the country has had his moments, but struggled this past weekend in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and went 5-17 in his last two games while battling the flu. The athleticism is top level, but defenses are prepared for Wiggins’ go-to spin move. How will he adapt going forward?
2. Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6’8”, PF, 29.6 Min, 19 PPG, 13.1 RBG, 55.4 FG%, 114.6 ORTG
Randle slapped together a double-double in his first seven games before only putting up 12 points and 8 rebounds against Providence. He is a load to handle down low and has used his strength and quickness advantage to make a difference for Kentucky.
3. Jabari Parker, Duke, 6’8”, F, 30.9 Min, 23.0 PPG, 8.0 RBG, 55.4 FG%, 115.7 ORTG
Easily the most impressive player so far in the freshmen class, Parker is shooting 50% from the three point line. He had his first subpar game in the NIT championship against Arizona going 7-21. Before that game Parker was a scoring and rebounding machine from all areas of the court.
4. Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6’8”, F, 29.9 Min, 12.1 PPG, 9.3 RBG, 48.5 FG%, 113.3 ORTG
Gordon did an admirable job defensively on Parker last week and has showcased his highlight reel athleticism. He has done a solid job integrating himself into a talented team and has proven capable of playing the small forward spot while shooting 5-9 from the three point line.
5. Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, 6’5”, PG, 27.5 Min, 10.4 PPG, 3.4 APG, 43.2 FG%, 117.1 ORTG
Harrison is in charge of making the talented Wildcats team go and so far he has used his size and strength to get to the line almost six times a game. He has committed eight turnovers in the past two games but is also keeping defenders honest shooting 43.8% from three.
6. Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, 6’5”, SG, 29.5 Min, 13.8 PPG, 3.0 RBG, 44.2 FG%, 122.7 ORTG
Aaron Harrison is the second leading scorer on the Wildcats and second on the team with 11 made three’s. He scored a career high 28 points against Robert Morris and double figures in six out of eight games.
7. Noah Vonleh, Indiana, 6’8”, PF, 21.3 Min, 12.9 PPG, 10.4 RBG, 52.6 FG%, 110.5 ORTG
It didn’t take long for Vonleh to adapt to the college game and put up a double-double in his first four games. In front of a national audience he went for an impressive 18 point, 9 rebound performance against Washington but then got into foul trouble the next night against Connecticut where he was held scoreless in 10 minutes of action.
8. Chris Walker, Florida, 6’10”, PF, N/A
Walker was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester and could potentially join the team for the spring semester.
9. Kasey Hill, Florida, 6’0”, PG, 26.5 Min, 10.3 PPG, 4.3 AST, 46.9 FG%, 116.7 ORTG
Hill suffered a high ankle sprain in his fourth game against Southern and has missed the last three games. In his early action Hill averaged 10.3 points per game but struggled in Florida’s one prime time match-up with Wisconsin as he went 2-11 from the field.
10. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona, 6’7” SF, 21.7 Min, 8.7 PPG, 3.9 RBG, 61.8 FG%, 132.7 ORTG
Hollis-Jefferson has excelled in his role off the bench which included a pair of 13 point games against Rhode Island and Farleigh Dickinson. Coming into the season Hollis-Jefferson was known as a high energy and aggressive player and so far he has played to his strengths during the 2013-14 season. Not known as a shooter, Hollis Jefferson has only taken two three point attempts on the season.
|18||Isaiah Hicks||6-8/210||PF||North Carolina||8.3||1.5||1.3||RBG||57.1%||92.2|
|21||Anthony Barber||6-1/165||PG||N.C. State||29.8||13.0||3.7||APG||57.1%||116.4|
|29||Demetrius Jackson||6-1/185||PG||Notre Dame||19.8||8.0||3.2||RBG||55.2%||129.6|
|30||Sindarius Thornwell||6-4/175||SG||South Carolina||28.8||13.0||3.8||RBG||44.7%||109.5|
|42||Xavier Rathan-Mayes||6-4/190||SG||Florida State||N/A|
|45||Rysheed Jordan||6-4/175||PG||St. John's||15.2||4.2||2.5||APG||23.5%||75.2|
|49||Dakarai Allen||6-6/165||SF||San Diego State||18.0||5.2||2.3||RBG||45.0%||122.0|
Interesting Tidbits (#11-#50):
- Only four players average more than 30 minutes a game: Jordan Mickey (33.4), Nigel Williams-Gross (32.6), Tyler Ennis (31.7), and James Young (31.5).
- Anton Gill (Louisville) is the only player to average less than 5 minutes per game.
- Zach LaVine (UCLA) is the only player to average more than 14 points a game (14.3). He also is shooting a ridiculous 63.8% and blows everyone out of the water with a 150.6 offensive efficiency rating.
- Isaiah Hicks (UNC), Matt Jones (Duke), and Semi Ojeleye (Duke) are the only recruits in the top 26 that average less than nine minutes per game and 3.5 points.