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Eleven Under-the-Radar Freshmen That Every Fan Should Know About

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The play of freshman Terry Taylor is a big reason for the 5-3 start in conference play for Austin Peay. (Source: Austin Peay Athletics) (Header: HBCU Gameday)

LONDON, Ont. — To say the least, the 2017-18 college basketball season has been an exciting one, and we still have over two months of action left before another dreaded off-season.

Conference play is in full swing for every league across the NCAA, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There have been several surprise teams, both for the better and for the worse, that have caused some shakeups in leagues that many thought were locks for particular teams this season.

With the excitement comes the plethora of emerging young talents from coast to coast. Freshmen from all across the country have emerged as potential stars with their respective programs, and have taken on starring roles in their first seasons in the NCAA.

For whatever reason, the majority of freshmen outside of the Big Seven conferences (B1G, B12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, AAC, BEast) don’t get their fair share of attention on a national scale. Most media outlets will only focus on the biggest names and the top programs, all while turning a blind eye to players who are just as deserving. One player, in particular, ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, yet many fans don’t know his name.

That needs to change, and in a hurry.

Here are 11 freshmen that fans from coast to coast need to become familiar with, as they are poised  for big things over their collegiate careers, including one of the nation’s elite scorers who just so happens to play in the nation’s capital.
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Saint Louis lands commitment in Sikeston’s Fred Thatch Jr.

Photo courtesy of Chris Pobst/Standard Democrat.

Travis Ford is building something special at Saint Louis.

Reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN, class of 2018 guard Fred Thatch Jr. has committed to Saint Louis. Thatch is currently in the midst of a sensational junior season and has led Sikeston High School to a 10-1 start.

“After months of anticipating, with the help of some family & friends I have decided that the best decision for me will be picking a Billikens jersey,” wrote Thatch Jr. on Twitter. “I have verbally committed to the St. Louis University Billikens!” Continue reading Saint Louis lands commitment in Sikeston’s Fred Thatch Jr.

Michigan State Transfer Javon Bess De-Commits from Akron, Commits to Saint Louis

After two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans in a reserve role, Javon Bess announced his intentions to transfer following the 2015-16 season. After committing to Akron in mid-May. Bess decommitted on Thursday and has reportedly committed to Travis Ford and the Saint Louis Billikens. (Source: Bleacher Report)
After two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans in a reserve role, Javon Bess announced his intentions to transfer following the 2015-16 season. After committing to Akron in mid-May. Bess de-committed on Thursday and has reportedly committed to Travis Ford and the Saint Louis Billikens. (Source: Bleacher Report)

After two seasons with the high-powered Michigan State Spartans, forward Javon Bess found himself somewhat lost in the rotation of forwards. Despite showing flashes of high-major abilities over his two years, he came off the bench more often than not.

So, Bess decided to transfer elsewhere.

Following the 2015-16 season, where the Spartans were upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Bess announced his intentions to transfer.

In mid-May, it appeared that he had found his new home, as he committed to the Akron Zips. But, less than a month later, he has seemingly had a change of heart.

It was reported Thursday that Bess was no longer committed to Akron, and had decided to transfer to elsewhere. Now, Javon Bess has committed to Travis Ford and the Saint Louis Billikens. Continue reading Michigan State Transfer Javon Bess De-Commits from Akron, Commits to Saint Louis

Top Five Transfers Eligible for the 2017-18 Season (So Far)

Guard Adonys Henriquez is trading in the gold and black of the UCF Knights for the blue and white of the Saint Louis Billikens.
Guard Adonys Henriquez is trading in the gold and black of the UCF Knights for the blue and white of the Saint Louis Billikens.

Each year, the number of the players on the transfer market is larger than the year before. Following the 2015-16 season, the list has continued to grow, even over a month after the Villanova Wildcatswere crowned the NCAA Champions.

Following the 2014-15 season, the transfer list ballooned to over 700 names. This year, things appear to be on their way past last year’s mark.

With the ever-increasing number of players on the list, it’s tough to keep track of who’s going where for the remainder of their careers. Some players are immediately eligible as graduate transfers, while others have to sit out a year due to transfer regulations, and it’s often tough to figure out who is in which category.

Below, we have listed our top five transfer players who have to sit out a year before suiting up for their new team for the 2017-18 season. The list is based off of the players who have committed so far, and will likely change as more players make their decisions.

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