Freshman Rewind Cont.

If you want to know why the words diaper dandy just aren't flowing out of Dickie V's mouth this season as much as in the past, it's because there just aren't a whole lot of big-time impact freshman in college basketball this season.

One-time Duke pledge Kris Humphries is the lone freshman among the nation's top 50 scorers as the Minnesota first-year forward is averaging 23.2 points per game in his first 13 contests.

Guys like Charlie Villanueva, Leon Powe, Chris Paul, Brandon Bass, Trevor Ariza and Sean Banks have lived up to their Top 30 rankings from a year ago while Olu Famutimi, Mike Jones and the Syracuse tandem of Demetris Nichols and Darryl Watkins have been struggling to find minutes.

With that being said, let's hand out a few mid-season awards for college basketball's freshman:

Top Scorer: Kris Humphries, Minnesota – 23.2 per game

Top Rebounder: Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech – 12.4 (leads nation)

Mr. Automatic: P.J. Tucker, Texas – Fourth in nation, shooting 66.3% from the field

Bombs Away: Ken Tutt, Oral Roberts – Averaging 3.1 trifectas per game

Mr. Charity: Blake Ahearn, SW Missouri St. – Hit 49 of 50 free throws (98 percent)

Quickest Hands: Chris Paul, Wake Forest – Second in nation with 4.3 steals per game

Sultan of Swat: C.J. Walker, UNC-Asheville – Seventh in nation at 3.7 blocks per contest

Top Playmaker: Marcus Williams, UConn – Averaging 4.7 assists in 15.6 mpg

Mr. Underrated: P.J. Tucker, Texas – 14.9 points and 7.5 boards per game. We had him too low at No. 66

Mr. Overrated: Olu Famutimi, Arkansas – Putting up just 5.8 ppg and shooting 30% FG

Out-of-Nowhere: Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech – Putting up 10.1 ppg for Bobby Knight. Jackson was in our pre-season Top 100 but fell out after a subpar senior season.

Top Frosh Trio: Virginia Tech - Zabian Dowdell, Coleman Collins and Jamon Gordon

Other major-conference freshman getting it done (some were 5th year preps who previously ranked in our Top 100):

Vern Hamilton, Clemson; Donte Minter, Virginia; Alexander Johnson, Florida State; Levi Stukes, Georgia; Quincy Douby, Rutgers; Josh Boone, UConn; Jared Dudley, Boston College; Sean Marshall, Boston College; Ivan Radenovic, Arizona; Marquise Kately, Cal; Marlon Smith, Penn State; Mike Cook, East Carolina; Japhet McNeil, East Carolina; Acie Law, Texas A&M; Curtis Stinson, Iowa State; Will Blalock, Iowa State; Daon Merritt, Richmond; Dustin Salisbery, Temple; Maurice Maxwell, UMass; Carl Elliott, George Washington

Now let's take a look at 10 players who didn't head to big-time schools who are thriving:

Paul Millsap, 6-7, 225, Louisiana Tech – Former Grambling High (La.) big man leads the nation in rebounds (12.4) and is also shooting 64% from the field. Also putting up 14.6 points per game, ninth in the WAC.

Caleb Green, 6-8, 230, Oral Roberts – Among the nation's leaders in field goal percentage (59%) and in rebounding at 9.6 per game. Also putting up 16.4 points per game. Went to Tulsa Memorial (Okla.)

Ken Tutt, 6-1, 175, G, Oral Roberts – Averaging 18.1 points and 3.1 trifectas per contest. Shooting 43% from long range and 86% from the line. Went to South Garland High (Texas).

Blake Ahearn, 6-2, 175, G, Southwest Missouri State – Second in the country in free throw percentage at 98 percent. Has hit 49 of 50 from the line. Also putting up 11.3 points per game, 15th in the Missouri Valley Conference. Hails from DeSmet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.)

C.J. Walker, 7-1, 220, C, UNC-Asheville – Seventh in the nation in blocks per game at 3.7. Played at Raleigh Sanderson (N.C.) last season.

Bruce Price, 6-3, 205, G, Tennessee State – Averaging 17.8 points, 3.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Shooting 75% from the line and 34% from three-point land. One-time St. John's commit hails from Minneapolis, where he was home-schooled for much of his high school years.

Brandon Heath, 6-3, 170, San Diego State – Averaging 17.1 points per contest. Played at Westchester High (Calif.)

Bobby Brown, 6-1, 170, Cal-State Fullerton – Averaging 14.3 points, 4 assists and shooting 44% from long range. Teammate of Heath's at Westchester High (Calif.).

Haminn Quaintance, 6-6, 220, Jacksonville – Averaging 13.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Played at Sarasota Riverview (Fla.).

Jon Iati, Albany – Averaging 14.5 points per game and 34% from long distance.


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