Best. Freshman Class. Ever.
Very quickly, I started claiming that if you gave me the freshman class, I'd give you your pick of sophs, juniors and seniors... and my squad would beat yours. (In a symbolic move, today I named Kevin Love my college basketball player of the year, just edging out Michael Beasley, but certainly beating SN's own pick, Tyler Hansbrough.) Let's compare:
My team of Freshman 10:
Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Eric Gordon, Derrick Rose, Jerryd Bayless, James Harden, Dante Green, OJ Mayo, Anthony Randolph, DeAndre Jordan. That group could make up 8 of the first 10 players taken in the 2008 NBA Draft.
(Just to illustrate the crazy depth of this freshman class, consider a few of the guys I left on the bench: Kyle Singler, Patrick Patterson,
Your team of Soph-Junior-Senior 10:
Tyler Hansbrough, DJ Augustin, Chris Lofton, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Luke Harangody, Shan Foster, Stephen Curry, Brian Roberts, Roy Hibbert, DJ White.
(Again, I'm not saying there isn't depth behind these guys, too, but when you're picking from three classes combined, it's a lot easier. But I'm the one who insisted on 1-on-3.)
Anyway, could the greatest class ever of freshmen beat the "experience" of the older guys? I'd be curious to get your take.