Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Forty Impact Freshmen


Ever since Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to a National Championship in 2003, every freshman has looked to "Carmelo-ize" a team or program. This season's crop of newcomers is loaded with players that are going to have step in immediately and have an impact. It is likely, however, that someone not on this list is going to have a huge effect on his new team. That's just how it is; you can't predict what freshmen are going to do.

Josh McRoberts, PF, Duke- Should start right away next to Shelden Williams down low.
Greg Paulus, PG, Duke- If Sean Dockery falters, he gets to run the show.
Tyler Hansbrough, C, North Carolina- Go-to-guy down low for the Tar Heels
Bobby Frasor/Danny Green/Marcus Ginyard, G/F, North Carolina- Two of these three are going to have to step up.
Brandon Costner, PF, North Carolina State- Could give Wolfpack a true low-post presence.
Lewis Clinch, SG, Georgia Tech- Will need to be a big-time scorer for the Yellow Jackets.
Harvey Hale, G, Wake Forest- Has to replace Chris Paul in the backcourt.
Marquise Gray, PF, Michigan State- Frontrunner to start next to Paul Davis down low.
Jon Krabbenhoft, G/F, Wisconsin- Could earn a starting spot for the depleted Badgers.
Ben Allen, C, Indiana- Will make an impact off the bench for the Hoosiers.
Shawn Taggart, PF, Iowa State- Needs to become a go-to-guy in the paint.
Mario Chalmers, PG, Kansas- Will start immediately at the lead guard position.
Brandon Rush/Micah Downs, G/F, Kansas- At least one of these two will start.
Julian Wright, F, Kansas- One of the best freshman in the country.
Byron Eaton, PG, Oklahoma State- Will develop into a great point guard by the end of the season.
Keith Brumbaugh, F, Oklahoma State- Scoring option in the frontcourt for the Cowboys.
A.J. Abrams, PG, Texas- Could see some minutes at the point behind Daniel Gibson.
Terry Martin, G, Texas Tech- Replacement for Ronald Ross could be a nice scorer for the Red Raiders.
Eric Davendorf, G, Syracuse- Should start immediately next to Gerry McNamara.
Devan Downey, PG, Cincinnati- If Jihad Muhammed continues to be erratic, he will start.
Craig Austrie/Robert Garrison, PG, Connecticut- Have to step up enormously until Marcus Williams returns.
Terrence Williams, SF, Louisville- Could start on the wing for Rick Pitino and the Cardinals.
Luke Zeller, C, Notre Dame- Will be a nice addition in the paint for the Irish.
Shawne Williams, F, Memphis- Future NBA pick will team with Rodney Carney at forward.
Antonio Anderson/Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG, Memphis- Both should be solid scorers on the wing.
Marcus Williams, SF, Arizona- Could see some minutes, pushing Hassan Adams to PF.
J.P. Prince, PG, Arizona- Will see minutes behind Mustafa Shakur.
Jordan Wilkes, C, Cal- Great big man recruit for the Golden Bears.
Jon Brockman, PF, Washington- Physical recruit will see extensive time.
Tasmin Mitchell, SF, LSU- My pick for national freshman of the year could have a huge impact on the SEC.
Magnum Rolle, PF, LSU- Should start along with Mitchell and last year's super freshman Glen Davis.
Richard Hendrix, PF, Alabama- Will come off the bench to make an impact.
Walter Hodge/Derwin Kitchen, G, Florida- Both of them will have to becomes solid players off the bench.
Mike Mercer, PG, Georgia- Will be an underrated point guard in the SEC.
Jared Carter, C, Kentucky- If Randolph Morris doesn't come back immediately, he could start.
Jeremy Pargo, G, Gonzaga- Will be one of the best freshmen on the west coast.
Dominic James, PG, Marquette- Travis Diener's replacement.


  1. Curious how you rate Nate Minnoy at Purdue. He has aglity and control not often found in 6'3'' 230 -270 lb. guard/forwards. His weight seems to vary depending on what article you are reading.

  2. i think that the kids from the washington area will have a big impact on the new teams