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Jones, Knight, and Lamb among top freshmen

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I don’t think we need someone else to tell us Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight, and Doron Lamb are some of the best freshmen in college basketball.  But we’ll listen anyway when others are talking about it.  Basketball Prospectus ranked the Top 25 Freshmen in the nation and Kentucky holds three of the top five spots.  Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger was numero uno.

Check it out…

2. Terrence Jones, Kentucky

Jones said what needs to be said about his potential when he recorded a 27-17 double-double in a 72-58 UK win over Notre Dame on December 8. Any 6-8 freshman who can score with the efficiency Jones has displayed (not amazing, but suitable) while taking 31 percent of his team’s shots during his minutes and hauling down 23 percent of the other team’s misses is, almost by definition, ready for the NBA. Apparently the NBA agrees: Jones is currently projected as a top-five pick in next summer’s draft. Back in Seattle, Lorenzo Romar’s Washington team is pretty good as is, but does he ever wonder what might have been had he landed both Portland product Jones and Kent, Washington, native Joshua Smith (see No. 10)? Yes. Yes, he does.

3. Doron Lamb, Kentucky

See No. 5, above: I just finished saying Brandon Knight is Calipari’s first featured scorer in Lexington who poses an equal threat from either side of the arc. The weasel term there is “featured scorer,” because goodness knows Doron Lamb is effective from both sides of the three-point line in support of Knight and Terrence Jones. But so what if he’s a supporting player? Supporting players who make more than half their threes are handy to have around. Calipari would have liked to have had one of those last March in the Carrier Dome.

5. Brandon Knight, Kentucky

Knight’s shots simply go in, which is good for UK since the 6-3 freshman takes 26 percent of the team’s shots during his minutes. For all of the considerable success that John Calipari has had in bringing amazing freshmen to Lexington, Knight is arguably his first featured scorer that poses an equal threat to opposing defenses from both sides of the arc.

These rankings are very similar to KSR’s Top 25 Freshmen in the nation, except we flip-flopped Lamb and Knight and added one more to the list….

17. Jarrod Polson, Kentucky

SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTT!!!

Basketball Prospectus: Top 25 Freshmen In The Nation

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for Jones, Knight, and Lamb among top freshmen



  1. deer boss
    3:08 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    okay.



  2. Rickie P
    3:09 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    This list is incomplete without Elisha “The Bullet” Justice! What a disgraceful article. He’s the best freshman we got!



  3. Louisville Fan
    3:10 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t understand why the letters & numbers are backwards.



  4. Rickie P
    3:11 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    And the 5th best in the state behind Jones, Knight, Lamb and Polson. He’d only be 6th if UK had Kanter. Thank God they didn’t. We’d have lost by 30!



  5. slicky ricky
    3:28 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    what about gorqui “tea fwench heh” deung?



  6. catinhat
    3:32 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    How do you get the seats in the chairs down on the floor, opposite the benches? Are those season ticket holders, or distributed by the AD to special guests, etc.?

    Went last night, watching two little 8 year old kids sit there courtside and kept thinking how life wasn’t fair . . .



  7. 2222
    3:34 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    3



  8. BTI Fan
    3:37 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville



  9. Silence DoGood
    3:39 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    So — just where does it say college basketball players cannot establish a union and enter into collective bargaining??

    Damn, the sentence above simply sends chills up the spine of anyone working for the NCAA.

    Silence DoGood



  10. Wildcobb Salad
    3:40 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    3. Hahaha, I was about to post a snarky response but then I noticed your name.



  11. Chase Schweitzer
    3:47 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Last



  12. Fire Emmert
    3:58 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Is Lamb urinating?



  13. Fire Emmert
    3:58 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Is Lamb urinating?



  14. bigcat
    4:17 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    they wouldn’t be calling sullinger numero uno if enes had been set free. i know—if,if,if,if,…….



  15. random thoughts
    4:29 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    my butt hurts when i poop ice cream



  16. random thoughts
    4:30 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    lamb has lazy eyes



  17. coach K
    4:52 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    I SUCK. DUKE SUCKS



  18. tyrus
    6:01 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Great for them but will it equate to hanging another banner in Rupp? That’s what important! Individual awards mean nothing…remember last year? Sorry just getting tired of all this weekly, monthly pat-on-the-back recognitions.