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5 Freshmen to Watch out for in College Basketball

Justin Powell, Auburn

The three-star prospect coming out of high school has made a significant impact as a Tiger. As of now, he is the only freshman in the nation to average 16 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. As the leading scorer for Auburn, Powell had his second consecutive 26-point in Auburn’s victory against Memphis on Saturday. He went 9 of 13 from the floor, including 4 of 6 from deep. Five games into the year, the 6-foot-5 guard is shooting an impressive 53.3 percent from beyond the arc. Powell became one of two freshman guards in the country to have an outing of 26 points and eight rebounds this season, joining Jaron Pierre of Southern Miss.

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

The Big Ten announced on Monday that Michigan’s star big man has earned yet another Freshman of the Week honor. Winning back-to-back awards, the 7-foot-2 center has been playing beyond expectations this year. Dickinson has been averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He’s helped the Wolverines to a 6-0 start to the year, leading the way in wins over Toledo and Penn State last week. 

Moses Moody, Arkansas

Arkansas’s freshman guard is starting to turn the heads of college basketball fans. Moses Moody helped the Razorbacks to a 4-0 start to the season. The 6-foot-5 Arkansas native leads the team in scoring at 17.3 points per game(ranks 7th in the SEC and 2nd among league freshmen). He’s also contributed to 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game. In a win over Texas-Arlington earlier this month, Moody had a career-high of 24 points, connecting on 7 of his 12 field goals attempts. He also finished with 9 rebounds in his 32 minutes of play. 

Jalen Wilson, Kansas

Just outside of the top 50 recruits, Jalen Wilson came to the Jayhawks as a 4-star prospect, the best commit among Kansas’ 2019 recruiting class. Right away, the 6-foot-8 small forward has made his presence known. He’s averaging 15.3 points and 8.7 boards per game as Kansas has jumped out to a 6-1 start to its season. In big games against ranked Kentucky and Creighton at the time, Wilson showed up, dropping 23 both games. He would also have 10 boards and shoot over 50 percent from the floor in both victories.  

Justin Lewis, Marquette

Marquette upset No. 13 Wisconsin last week after a buzzer-beating tip-in from Justin Lewis. Lewis would play a significant role in the win, scoring 18 points and grabbing eight bounds. As a four-star prospect out of high school, Lewis is proving his role on the team and solidifying himself as a consistent contributor. Averaging 20 minutes on the floor, the 6-foot-7 forward has been putting up 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. 

 

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