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January 6, 2010

Two honorable mention freshmen

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Gasaway @ 6:05 pm

Now that I’ve posted my choices for the nation’s top 25 freshmen, allow me to tack on a couple honorable mentions. First, I want to be clear that I did not consider Maurice Creek of Indiana for inclusion, since he is out for the year with a knee injury. If he were healthy would he have made my top 25? Of course. Should I have noted that in my piece? Yes, I probably should have.

Second, Tyler Haws should be happy that so many BYU fans have championed his cause to me. I can honestly say that Haws was one of about three players who were the last to be cut from my list. (No, I’m not going to name the other two. Then I would have to do a follow-up post on the three or four players who didn’t quite make that group.) It’s tough to hold the line at just 25 players. 

Speaking more broadly, however, the pro-Haws groundswell has pleased me immensely. Surely this wacky “efficiency” stuff has come a long way when fans are so (correctly) enamored of a player averaging 11 points and seven shots a game. I think I’m going to like this decade.

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