Updated ranking of top 10 freshmen
February, 23, 2014
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Jason DeCrowJabari Parker continues to put distance between himself and the field atop the Freshman Tracker.Each week we release the Freshman Tracker, and each week there are new names and movement.
The guy in the top spot is starting to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, but there’s still not much disparity between the top four or five players heading into the stretch drive of the regular season.
Check back each week, as we’ll have updates on how the top freshmen did on the floor and give you the rundown on the top first-year players in the country in a season in which the young guys wasted little time taking center stage.
Here is our updated ranking of the 10 best freshmen in college basketball.
1. Jabari Parker, F, Duke Blue Devils
6-foot-8, 235 pounds
The Blue Devils played three times this past week, and Parker finished with three double-doubles. He had 16 points and 14 boards in a win over Georgia Tech, 17 points and 11 rebounds in a loss at North Carolina and 19 points and 10 boards in a victory on Saturday night against Syracuse. Parker is second in the ACC in scoring, and leads the league in rebounding.
This week: Tuesday vs. Virginia Tech
Stats: 19.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 48 percent FG, 38 percent 3-pointers | Previous rank: 1
2. Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse Orange
6-2, 180 pounds
Ennis had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a shocking home setback against Boston College, then struggled in a loss at Duke with just nine points (2-of-13 shooting) and six assists.