CCR Awards: Freshman of the Year Watch List, Vol. 2

The top three names on the list remain unchanged after a crazy week in the college basketball world, which means Kentucky's Jamal Murray still comes in at #2 on the latest edition of the CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List. (Source: CBS Sports)
The top three names on the list remain unchanged after a crazy week in the college basketball world, which means Kentucky’s Jamal Murray still comes in at #2 on the latest edition of the CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List. (Source: CBS Sports)

Calendars have switched over to February, and the stretch run has kicked in for every team in the country. The push for conference titles and post-season berths are in high gear, and players will bring their best efforts to the hardwood night in and night out.

With the end of the season near, it’s time to think about individual awards in the NCAA. Starting at the end of February, we will be opening the fan-voting for the 2nd Annual Fan-Voted All-American awards.

But, we also hand out our own hardware here at College Court Report. With that, it’s time to put out some watch lists to give you an idea of where we are leaning in terms of overall awards.

Here is the latest edition of the Freshman of the Year Watch List. Overall, two new players crack the list, and four of the ten players are from mid-major programs. From last week’s list, the top three players went untouched, but there was a bit of a shake-up from spots 4-10.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the second edition of CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Thursday.

#1: Ben Simmons – LSU Tigers

Last Week: #1

Season Stats: 19.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.8 spg

#2: Jamal Murray – Kentucky Wildcats

Last Week: #2

Season Stats: 17.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.4 apg

#3: Brandon Ingram – Duke Blue Devils

Last Week: #3

Season Stats: 17.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.6 bpg

#4: James Thompson IV – Eastern Michigan Eagles

Last Week: #5

Season Stats: 15.5 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg

#5: Henry Ellenson – Marquette Golden Eagles

Last Week: #6

Season Stats: 16.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 bpg

#6: Malik Beasley – Florida State Seminoles

Last Week: #4

Season Stats: 17.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg

#7: Dedric Lawson – Memphis Tigers

Last Week: Honourable Mention

Season Stats: 14.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg, 2.0 bpg

#8: Tookie Brown – Georgia Southern Eagles

Last Week: #8

Season Stats: 17.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.0 spg

#9: Matt Morgan – Cornell Big Red

Last Week: NR

Season Stats: 18.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg

#10: Brian Parker – Marist Red Foxes

Last Week: #10

Season Stats: 16.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 0.8 spg


Honourable Mentions

Jordon Varnado – Troy Trojans

Derick Newton – Stetson Hatters

Marquise Chriss – Washington Huskies

Evan Boudreaux – Dartmouth Big Green

Dwayne Bacon – Florida State Seminoles

– T.B.