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January 10, 2009

Top 25 Freshmen: The Sequel

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Gasaway @ 3:27 pm

My apologies for the sparse posting of late. I was battling a flu bug, but I’m happy to report that I’m back and in fine fettle (whatever a fettle is), ready to ride this here season all the way through to its conclusion in Detroit.

The unscheduled hiatus has left me with a piece of old business to attend to. I received a great response to my piece on the nation’s top 25 freshmen. In particular, readers took me at my word when I asked: “Who’d I miss?” Well, you told me and, to be honest, I was happy to at least find that just about everyone you named was someone I’d looked at closely.

If there was a consensus top vote-getter for “Mr. Who’d I Miss,” it was point guard Isaiah Thomas of Washington. Indeed, Thomas just missed making my list due to what appeared to me to be middling shooting from the field (48 percent on his twos, 33 percent on his threes). Nevertheless, as many of you pointed out, he is a 5-8 freshman at the helm of a Pac-10 team; he’s doing an excellent job dishing assists and, particularly, taking care of the ball. All true, all impressive. I’ve got my eye on Thomas.

Also receiving votes for Mr. WIM were Delvon Roe of Michigan State, Laval Lucas-Perry of Michigan, and just about every freshman at Kansas. Conversely, I was a little surprised I didn’t hear from anyone supporting Paul George of Fresno State, whose merits seemed so strong to me that I actually had a paragraph drafted for him before bumping him to make room for 25 other outstanding players.

All in all it was an interesting conversation that arose here, so I propose to continue it. Watch for a final all-performance no-hype list of the nation’s top 25 freshmen of 2009 at the end of the season. The lobbying begins now.  

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