Top 20 You Don't Know ... Yet

Everyone knows all about guys like J.J. Redick, Dee Brown and Shelden Williams. Here's a list of guys who have either flown under the radar or should make an instant impact as freshman.

1. Joakim Noah, 6-11, 227, PF/C, Soph., Florida – The son of former tennis great Yannick Noah averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as a freshman.

2. Hilton Armstrong, 6-11, 235, PF/C, Sr., UConn – He has played second or third fiddle behind Emeka Okafor and Josh Boone, but with the departure of Charlie Villanueva, expect the unheralded senior to get plenty of minutes.

3. Aaron Bruce, 6-3, 195, PG, Soph., Baylor – He was the top scoring freshman in the nation last year, but no one outside of the Big 12 really knows about this kid. Exposure won't be any greater this season since the Bears aren't allowed to play any non-conference games this year. Maybe a young Steve Nash?

4. Trent Plaisted, 6-11, 245, PF, Fr., BYU – The lefty missed all of his freshman year due to foot injuries. Big-time athlete from San Antonio who runs the floor well and can knock down the mid-range jumper with consistency.

5. Jon Brockman, 6-7, 245, PF, Fr., Washington – Chose the Huskies over Duke. That's really all you need to know. Plays hard all the time. Undersized, but gets more done than guys a few inches bigger.

6. Jawann McClellan, 6-4, 225, SG, Soph., Arizona – Yeah, we know he's ineligible for the first semester due to academics, but when he gets back he'll waste no time becoming a big-time scorer. With Salim Stoudemire gone, someone will need to score from the perimeter.

7 . Josh McRoberts, 6-10, 230, BF, Fr., Duke – Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick aren't the keys to Duke winning a national title this year. It'll come down to McRoberts and if his back holds up. The Carmel, Ind., native may not be in Durham for long and could have even made the jump out of high school.

8. Tyler Hansbrough, 6-9, 235, PF/C, Fr., North Carolina – He's the jewel of the Tar Heels recruiting class and since everyone else left, this is basically Hansbrough's team from the first day he arrived in Chapel Hill.

9. Cedric Simmons, 6-10, 215, F, Soph., N.C. State – The long, talented Wolfpack freshman didn't play all that much as a freshman, but with the departure of Julius Hodge, N.C. State will look to Simmons for some scoring.

10. Lewis Clinch, 6-3, 190, SG, Fr., Georgia Tech – The best freshman not to make the McDonald's All-American Game. Clinch is a big-time scorer and with Jarrett Jack, B.J. Elder and Will Bynum all gone, Paul Hewitt's group will give his star freshman plenty of minutes early.

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11. David Padgett, 6-11, 250, PF, Soph., Louisville – The skilled big man left Lawrence, Kan., after just one season (6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and if he's healthy, he could be just what Rick Pitino needs up front.

12. Aleks Maric, 6-11, 265, C, Soph., Nebraska – The Aussie big man put up eight points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a freshman and had a strong summer with the Australian under-21 national team.

13. Brian Butch, 6-11, 240, PF/C, Soph., Wisconsin – This is a McDonald's All-American who actually was in favor and redshirting his freshman season to get stronger. Last year was a learning experience, but expect Butch to move into Mike Wilkinson's role.

14. Jason Smith, 6-11, 230, F, Soph., Colorado State – A face-up, athletic four-man who played the three a year ago and earned Freshman of the Year honors in the conference. Can score off the dribble and also in the post.

15. Mike Mercer, 6-4, 180, PG, FR, Georgia – The athletic guard teamed with Louis Williams in high school and was overshadowed in the past, but now he'll have an immediate chance to make an impact.

16. D'Angelo Alexander, 6-5, 225, SG, Jr., Charlotte – People have forgotten about the Oklahoma transfer who sat out all of last season. He averaged 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore and should be able to help make up for the loss of Eddie Basden.

17. Shawne Williams, 6-9, 225, PF, Fr., Memphis – The local kid should get a chance to showcase his versatile offensive game, which somewhat resembles former Memphis forward Sean Banks.

18. Elijah Ingram, 6-0, 190, PG, Jr., New Mexico St. – The former St. John's floor leader sat out last season after transferring into the program and he'll have every opportunity under new coach Reggie Theus.

19. Julian Richardson, 6-1, 160, PG, Jr., San Jose St. – Spent the last couple of years at South Plains Junior College and will step in right away.

20. Chris Lowe, 6-0, 160, PG, Fr., UMass – He'll be pressed into action early and often and may take his lumps, but he's solid and has some talent and experience around him.

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