Freshman Haze: The Countdown Begins
Freshman Haze: The Countdown Begins

This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.

At the end of each season, we like to look back and make a countdown. That has always been the way here at the Freshman Haze. This morning I did my annual copy and paste job to get a Freshman Haze spreadsheet together to rank the 85 freshman I have profiled this year. Over the next three weeks, I will profile the top 21. There are plenty of excellent players outside the rankings, including Texas center Mo Bamba and Alabama guard Collin Sexton. Remember, these are fantasy rankings and do not take into account pro potential – both of the aforementioned players are probable lottery picks in the upcoming draft. The rankings hereare derived my ordering of freshman on minutes, points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, and three percentages (field goal, free throw, and 3-point). I do not weigh big conferences or various categories. I hope It all comes out in the wash. Without further ado, let's get to players 21 to 15.

21. Jaren Jackson (F)
One can only wonder what numbers Jackson would have put up if he did not join a team that already had Miles Bridges and Nick Ward in the frontcourt. Simply put, there is little that the 6-foot-11 freshman can't do on the basketball court. He was second among freshmen with 3.6 blocks and has hit 43.3 percent of his 3-pointers. Jackson has six double-doubles, but only one in Big 10 play, during which fouls have been in the way. He has accrued four

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Perry Missner
Missner covers college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran fantasy sports writer, he once served on the executive board for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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