Freshman of the year watch: Week 6

1. Anthony Bennett, UNLV (last week: 1 – 4th straight week)

Not sure that I agree with Jon Rothstein's assessment of Bennett, but Rothstein makes his living by relentlessly tweeting positive things about anyone and everyone. What I do know is that if you look at all high volume (using >24% of their team's possessions) freshmen in the past decade, exactly zero of them can match Bennett's current offensive rating of 128.4. Not Cody Zeller. Not Kevin Love. No one.

2. Ben McLemore, Kansas (lw: 5)

McLemore continues to move up the list by getting better every game. In the KU beatdown of Belmont, McLemore scored 17 points off of a ridiculously efficient 7 shots, and chipped in with 5 boards and 3 assists. He's been so impressive of late that he even has Kansas City beat writers dipping into KenPom similarity scores to figure out which lottery pick his stat line most resembles (spolier, it's the freshman version of Harrison Barnes, and yes the writer is making a stretch, because the similarity isn't all that strongly correlated).

3. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky (lw: 2)

Even though ever writer in the nation was quick to point out that Noel should not be compared to Anthony Davis, every writer is still doing it. Regardless of what sort of nonsense people keep writing, after his 7 block and 4 steal performance vs. Lipscomb, Noel now has the 3rd best block% of any freshman in the nation (12th overall), and his steal% is 28th nationally. He's only managed double figure scoring however in one of his past four games.

4. Jordan Adams, UCLA (lw: 3)

Jordan Adams is clearly stumbling a bit while his program tries its best to fall apart. In the past two games he's only made 1-9 3s, but he still has the 2nd best offensive rating for any high volume freshman (behind Bennett). He's also playing virtually turnover free basketball, while continuing to get to the line at an impressive rate.

5. Alex Poythress, Kentucky (lw: 4)

Poythress is averaging 15.0 points and 6.3 rebounds, but John Calipari is trying to motivate him with negative press. Poythress has all of the ability needed to dominate on any given night, but more nights like 2-8 shooting, 4 boards, zero blocks or steals against Lipscomb isn't going to enamor him with his coach.

6. T.J. Warren, NC State (lw: unranked)

Warren continues to bounce in and out of these rankings on a seemingly weekly basis. This week, he's in. He made 9-11 shots against Norfolk State, scoring 21 points and adding 5 boards. Strangely, he's still lightly used, using only 19% of NC State's possessions.

7. Archie Goodwin, Kentucky (lw: 6)

Goodwin's up and down freshman season is beginning to look more like a steady season punctuated by a few huge games. He's made only two of his last eight 3s, and three of his last eight free throws. And he's turned the ball over seven times in two games.

8. Shawn Long, Louisiana Lafayette (lw: unranked)

Long has now had three double-doubles in the past five games for the Ragin' Cajuns. He still shoots too many 3s, but the be fair, he's being called upon to do everything by Coach Marlin. He takes 1/3 of their shots when he's on the floor, making 56% of his 2s. He's also an elite rebounder and an excellent shot blocker. He's averaging 17.1 points and 8.9 rebounds.

9. Glenn Robinson III, Michigan (lw: 10)

He had a relatively quiet week averaging 7 points and 6 rebounds, but he continues to be a very efficient player and his presence helps open things for Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.

10. John Brown, High Point (lw: 7)

He might have the most boring name in college hoops, but his game certainly doesn't match. He continues to star for a bad team and had 20 points, 7 boards and 4 steals in his only game this week.

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