Everyone needs to relax on the Freshman Expectations

I decided that I wanted to prove a point to myself that most freshman do not significantly contribute, even the high level recruits. I used the ESPN rankings for 2011 for players ranked 11-30 to see what they contributed to the stat sheet this year. Out of the 20 players, only 3 made significant contributions. See the chart below.

Team Games Played MPG PPG RPG APG
11. Myck Kabongo Texas 34 30.6 9.6 3 5.2
12. Khem Birch Pitt 10 15 4.4 5 0
13. PJ Hairston UNC 37 13 5.7 2.2 0.8
14. Cody Zeller Indiana 36 28.5 15.6 6.6 1.3
15. Josiah Turner Arizona 30 24.7 6.8 3.1 2.4
16. BJ Young Arkansas 32 25.2 15.3 3.1 2.3
17. Tony Wroten Jr. Washington 35 30.3 16 5 3.7
18. Dorian Finney-Smith Virginia Tech 33 29 6.3 7 1.9
19. Kyle Wiltjer Kentucky 38 11.9 5.1 1.8 0.4
20. Rakeem Christmas Syracuse 37 11.5 2.8 2.9 0.2
21. Michael Carter-Williams Syracuse 26 10.3 2.7 1.5 2.1
22. Nick Johnson Arizona 36 27.9 9 3.2 2.4
23. Branden Dawson Michigan St 31 20.6 8.4 4.5 0.9
24. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Georgia 32 32.1 13.2 5.2 1.2
25. Dom Pointer St Johns 34 29.8 6.5 4.7 1.5
26. Jabari Brown Oregon 2 25.5 6 2 0.5
27. Wayne Blackshear Louisville 15 7 2.5 1.4 0.1
28. Chane Behanan Louisville 40 26 9.5 7.5 0.8
29. Michael Gbinje Duke 19 5.8 1.7 0.8 0.2
30. Levi Randolph Alabama 32 27 6.5 3.9 1.7

Rankings do not mean everything, but I used 20 players to get a decent sample size(note: all of our recruits are listed outside of the top 30 except for Cleare). If you'll notice, hardly any of the players on this list made a significant contribution, save for Zeller, Young and Wroten. My point is, for all of those wishing that some of our players should transfer, and others who think that any of our recruits will become worldbeaters next year, are probably wrong. Which is why keeping players such as Parker is important for the fact that they have already played in the ACC, within Turgeon's system, and will probably progress this year.

Let's all take a step back and remember that it isn't easy coming from high school ball to college, and that many freshman struggle at times. This is not to belittle the future that our incoming freshman have, but let's give them a year to get acclimated to college ball, Turgeon's system and college in general.

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