2016-2017 NCAA Basketball FreshmenSunday, July 17, 2016 16:00
Some of the most promising freshmen of the upcoming NCAA basketball season.
4 Top NCAA Basketball Freshmen To Be On the Lookout For
While last season was not filled with the one and done freshmen that college basketball has been known for in recent years, a stellar recruiting class appears to be back in the cards for 2016. This is shaping up to be a deep crop of freshmen that should effectively increase the level of competition across the board. While perennial contenders are back with a vengeance, many of the smaller tear schools school make a splash with star recruits of their own. Since we can’t possibly cover them all, let’s take a quick look at the 4 top NCAA basketball freshmen that fans should be on the lookout for.
Those to watch:
- Harry Giles – Duke – As a graduate of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, expectations are high for Giles. Even though he had to sit out much of his senior year due to injury, he is still widely regarded as the top recruit in all of college basketball entering 2016. During the 2015 FIBA under 19 World Championships, Giles averaged 26.4 points per game. A 17.1% offensive board percentage coupled with a 28.7% defensive board percentage bode well for Duke Basketball. Giles can play on both ends of the court, and has the potential to be a prolific scorer at the Power Forward for the Blue Devils. Look for him to be a starter from day one.
- Omari Spellman – Villanova – Hailing from St. Thomas More School in Ohio, Villanova’s landing of Spellman demonstrates their resurgence as a program at the national level. Their recruiting class alone this year should land them right back in title contention, and Omari will play a key role in that regard. At 6’9” and 275 pounds, he is a power forward that will provide the team with a solid up front presence and rebounding threat. Graded on a scale of 94 out of 100, Spellman will be joined by Dylan Painter, virtually ensuring a defensive presence that will command respect from opposing teams.
- Seventh Woods – North Carolina – Woods has been on North Carolina’s radar screen since he was 14 years old. That was when a YouTube video of his ball handling and shooting skills went viral. While at Hammond School in South Carolina, Seventh routinely put up double doubles on the stats sheet. As a shooting guard, he will fill a hole that left North Carolina just seconds away from a national title. Woods is slated to help them return to the big dance in his first season with the Tarheels.
- Malik Monk – Kentucky – Hailing from Betonville, Arkansas, Monk is the latest in a flood of five star recruits to go to Kentucky. At 6’3” and 185 pounds, he is the shooting guard that Calipari will be counting on to produce points from day one. His athletic ability has been likened to that of Derrick Rose, and his ability to handle the bar is akin to that of Steph Curry. While at Bentonville High School, it was not uncommon to see him put up 40 points without hardly breaking a sweat.
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