- Jeff Goodman, ESPN Insider
Each week we release the Freshman Tracker -- our ranking of the top 10 freshmen in college basketball -- and each week there are new names and movement. We have one new first-year player to welcome to the list this week, and we break down what each of the 10 have provided their teams through the first two months of the season.
Here are the top 10 freshmen in the nation heading into the start of conference play:
Parker has been the best freshman thus far, and arguably the best player in college hoops -- especially on the offensive end of the floor. Parker has scored at least 20 points in 10 of his 12 games, and has been efficient, making 55 percent of his shots from the field.
This week: Tuesday versus Elon (1 p.m. ET, ESPNU); Saturday at Notre Dame
Stats: 22.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG | Previous rank: 1
Randle cramped up in the second half against Louisville and barely played after the break, but he still finished with 17 points in just 21 minutes. Randle has nine double-doubles this season and uses his strength, size and athleticism to dominate in the paint.
This week: off
Stats: 18.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG | Previous rank: 2
The former summer teammate of Andrew Wiggins has been tremendous this season. He’s scored when necessary, but where he’s been at his best is running the team and taking care of the ball. Ennis has just 13 turnovers in 12 games and has also made 40 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (10-of-25) this season. He played a key role in Syracuse's comeback win Saturday against previously undefeated Villanova.
This week: Tuesday versus Eastern Michigan (3 p.m. ET, ESPNU); Saturday versus Miami
Stats: 12.8 PPG, 5.1 APG, 2.7 SPG | Previous rank: 3
Gordon hasn’t put up eye-popping numbers, but he’s on a loaded team and doesn’t force many bad shots. In fact, Gordon is averaging fewer than 10 field goal attempts per contest -- and is making 50 percent of his shots from the field. Gordon has been more effective on the glass and on the defensive end of the floor for an undefeated team that is currently ranked No. 1 in the country.
This week: Thursday versus Washington State; Saturday versus Washington
Stats: 12.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG | Previous rank: 4
Wiggins has shown flashes of dominance in the first two months of his collegiate career, but he has also looked passive during many stretches. Despite his inconsistency, he has still scored in double-figures in 10 of his first 11 games and leads the Jayhawks in scoring.
This week: Monday vs. Toledo
Stats: 15.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG | Previous rank: 5
Mickey was actually the less-heralded freshman on his own team behind Jarell Martin coming into the season, but the Texas native has exceeded expectations. Mickey is second on the team in scoring and leads the Tigers in rebounding and blocks. He’s had four double-doubles and has been in double-figures in all but one game thus far.
This week: Saturday versus Rhode Island
Stats: 13.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 3.5 BPG | Previous rank: 6
Embiid has come along more quickly than most expected coming into the season, and he has been incredibly productive while on the floor. A native of Cameroon, Embiid has been playing basketball for only a few years, but he is averaging nearly a point every two minutes on the floor. The key for Embiid is learning to remain on the court. He’s committed 39 fouls in 11 games thus far.
This week: Monday versus Toledo
Stats: 10.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 68 percent field goal shooting | Previous rank: 7
Vonleh came out of the gates quickly, putting up a double-double in each of his first four games. He’s had just two since and has struggled with foul trouble, committing at least four fouls on six occasions. He is a difference-maker for the Hoosiers, but he'll need to learn how to stay on the floor in Big Ten play.
This week: Tuesday at Illinois (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2); Saturday versus Michigan State
Stats: 12.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG | Previous rank: 9
Like Vonleh, Mika is a big man who has been very productive while struggling a bit with foul trouble. The Cougars have struggled of late, but Mika continues to produce. He plays with a high motor and is putting up 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds despite playing just 26 minutes per game.
This week: Monday at Pepperdine; Saturday versus San Diego
Stats: 14.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG | Previous rank: 8
The California native has been one of the key reasons why Rick Barnes' team has gotten off to a 10-2 start this season. Taylor scored 16 points against North Carolina and had another 16 against Michigan State, he has had two games with eight assists and he is also a quality rebounder for his size.
This week: Monday versus Rice; Saturday versus Oklahoma
Stats: 12.4 PPG, 3.8 APG, 3.4 RPG | Previous rank: NR
Dropped out: No. 10 Marcus Foster
Each week we release the Freshman Tracker -- our ranking of the top 10 freshmen in college basketball -- and each week there are new names and movement.