With post season play beginning, now is the perfect time to look back at the top prospects from the 2010 class.
Most have picked Jared Sullinger as the Freshman of the Year, and he's certainly earned it based on his production and leadership at Ohio State. Had Kryie Irving been available for the full season, he likely would have made a play at the award as well.
Using our 2010 rankings, here's how the top 10 stacked up this season:
1. Harrison Barnes – He started slower than many expected, but certainly finished strong. His game winner against Florida State was big for Barnes and the Heels, who are 11-1 in their last 12 games. He picked up ACC Freshman of the year honors by averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per outing.
2. Kyrie Irving – Irving only played eight games during the 2010 – 2011 season, but he certainly was effective. He proved to be the best lead guard in the country and was clearly the guy that put the Blue Devils over the top. With Irving, Duke would likely be the favorite to win a national title. Through those eight games, Irving averaged 17.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
3. Enes Kanter – Was rule ineligible. He’s still projected as a top five pick by DraftExpress.com.
4. Jared Sullinger – It’s hard to argue against Sullinger for Freshman of the year. He has been flat out dominant all year. He’s the catalyst for the Buckeyes, who sit 29-2 on the season. He’ll be tough for any team to match up with in March because of his size, mobility and touch in the paint. He’s putting up 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
5. Josh Selby – After missing a couple of games early in the season, Selby has had a solid season for the Jayhawks. While averaging 23.4 minutes during his 19 games played, Selby averaged 9.6 point, 2.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. Some thought he may be a one and done prospect, it appears he may need to stick around in Lawrence for at least one more season.
6. Brandon Knight – From a production standpoint, Knight has been as good as anyone this year. He had his turnover issues this year, but he improved as a point guard as the season he carried on. Knight is shooting 40-percent from three and is putting up 17.7 points per contest. He’s also chipping in four boards and four assists. He'll be a big part of Kentucky's post season run.
7. Tobias Harris – The Volunteer freshman didn’t receive the SEC Freshman of the Year award, but he was certainly under consideration. In 28.9 minutes a game, Harris went for 14.7 points, and 7.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-8 face up forward has shown his potential all year long and has the look of a future NBA player.
8. Terrence Jones – I knew Jones was going to be good. But I didn’t know he was going to be this good. He started off as strong, if not stronger, than any other freshman in the country. Jones received SEC Freshman of the Year honor, was fifth in scoring at 17.1 points per game and led the SEC in rebounding with 9.2 rebounds. Many are projecting him as a lottery pick following this season.
9. Perry Jones – Jones hasn’t received as much attention as majority of the other freshman, but his numbers are strong. He’s played in every game of the season and is averaging 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. He’s always had as much potential as anyone in this class, but he still disappears at times. With that said, there aren’t many guys NBA General Mangers are going to take over him. He’s being projected as a top 10 pick.
10. Tristan Thompson – Outside of Jordan Hamilton, who is averaging 18.5 points a game, Thompson has put up the best numbers for a very talented Texas squad. He’s averaging 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds a game and has left his imprint on a number of Longhorn games. He’s their most consistent post threat and he’s shown an