CBS Sports’ 25 best rookies
Reaching an elite rookie in college basketball is not the same as in college football. On the one hand, the greatest of the blue chips usually doesn’t stay in college basketball for very long.
On the other hand, a player who has an immediate impact after high school can really change his team’s fortunes in a way that a football player (unless he’s a quarterback) cannot. generally not. Look at the extra boost that Suggestions from Jalen gave Gonzaga last year; the ‘Zags would have been strong without him, but they would not have “won their first 31 games and spent most of the year as the best team in the country”.
Granted, most freshmen, even those with instant impact, won’t add as much value. Zion Williamsons and Anthony Davises are the exception rather than the rule. But what about someone like Houston Tramon mark last year, who played a major role for a Final Four team and beat Memphis with a buzzer-beater? It is an important formula, but easier to reproduce.
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CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein picked 25 freshmen – out of order – for the upcoming college basketball season, and we’ve broken down each player’s rank in the 247Sports Composite, as well as the scout report for each player.