Sports Illustrated projected the Top 50 freshmen scorers in college basketball for this season, and, not surprisingly, there were several Kentucky players on the list. Five, in fact, the most of any program in the country, even Duke.
Where did the numbers come from? Economist Dan Hanner and SI reporters Chris Johnson and Jeremy Fuchs devised a system to project the number of points, rebounds, and assists each player would score this season based on their AAU statistics, recruiting rankings, and coaching data. They also predicted each player’s volume (percentage of team possessions used while on the court) and minutes. Here’s where the Cats rank in the Top 50 (complete stats at SI.com):
I’m clearly not an economist, but I see PJ Washington averaging in double figures in points.
Who finished first in the rankings? Missouri’s Michale Porter Jr., followed by Duke’s Marvin Bagley and Alabama’s Collin Sexton. Check the entire list out for yourself at the link below: