We’ve seen our share of high-producing freshmen over the years, and this year’s trio of Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, and Bam Adebayo seem poised to join that list. Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn crunched some numbers today to project the top 50 freshmen scorers, and, not surprisingly, Monk, Fox, and Bam not only made the list, but ranked in the top ten. Monk came in at #3, Fox #7, and Bam #9:
How did Winn come up with these figures? Per the article, the projections are based on the predictive power of recruiting rankings, advanced stats from Nike’s EYBL AAU circuit (if applicable), the quality of a player’s coach and teammates, and how each freshman fits within the context of his 2016—17 roster.
That all sounds way too complicated for this English major, but for Kentucky’s sake, I sure hope he’s right.