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Tuesday / June 25.
  • Freshmen Come Up Big in College Debuts

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    One thing is abundantly clear after the first full slate of college hoops games was played Friday…

    There are some really good freshmen across America.

    Catch these youngsters while  you can because some of them will be on the 2011 NBA Draft board.

    **Harrison Barnes, the first freshman named preseason AP AllAmerica team since 1986-87, put up 14 points and 4 rebounds in North Carolina’s win over Lipscomb…

    **With Enes Kanter having been ruled ineligible by the NCAA, Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones took control for the Wildcats.

    The 6-8 Jones– who initially pledged to Washington, only to change his mind and play for John Calipari in the end — looked awfully good in posting 25 points and 12 boards in the Wildcats’ win over East Tennessee…

    **Brandon Knight, Jones’ fellow freshman and the heir apparent to John Wall, Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose, was feeling it from outside and gave East Tennessee 17 points and 5 assists

    **Former Oak Hill Academy star Doron Lamb of New York, yet another Kentucky frosh, dropped 20 points in his first college game…

    **Dion Waiters of Syracuse, who played down the Jersey Turnpike at Burlington Life Center, scored 10 points in Syracuse’s 68-46 win over Northern Iowa

    **Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger had 19 and 14 in the Buckeyes’ win over North Carolina A&T

    **Closer to home, Rutgers wing Mike Poole of St. Benedict’s Prep, scored 14 on 6 of 8 shooting and made five steals in a 78-73 OT loss at Princeton.

    **Seton Hall frosh Fuquan Edwin (six points, two rebounds) got the start for Seton Hall alongside junior point guard Jordan Theodore, but the Pirates lost at No. 22 Temple, 62-56. Edwin and Theodore teamed to win a Passaic County title at Paterson Catholic, which closed in June.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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