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
Jordon Varnado – Troy Trojans
Derick Newton – Stetson Hatters
Marquise Chriss – Washington Huskies
Evan Boudreaux – Dartmouth Big Green
Dwayne Bacon – Florida State Seminoles