By Ray Hamill
The next generation of NBA superstars was on display Tuesday night – on the college courts, that is.
In case you may have missed the memo, this year’s freshmen flock is being touted as the best in some time, and so far they have not disappointed.
Names like Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Jabari Parker all took center stage Tuesday at the Champions Classic when No. 2 Michigan State knocked off No. 1 Kentucky and No. 5 Kansas beat No. 4 Duke.
And the top three freshmen all continued a dynamic start to their college careers, living up to the lofty expectations and setting the tone for what is already shaping up as a memorable season on the hardcourt.
But don’t blink. They may be just freshmen, but before we know it, they’ll will have moved on to the less pure but more lucrative pro game. (See my earlier column, You gotta love the freshman’s honesty)
Perhaps what is most appealing about this year’s talented group of freshmen is not just the potential superstars at the top of the class, but the depth, with as many as seven of them right now expected to be chosen in the top-10 of next year’s NBA draft.
Kansas and Kentucky are particularly loaded with standout freshmen.
In addition to Wiggins, the Jayhawks also have guard Wayne Selden and 7-foot-0 center Joel Embiid, while the Wildcats have guard Andrew Harrison and guard/forward James Young to play alongside Randle.
If early indications are anything to go by, it should be a year to savor in college hoops.