If you're familiar with the story of the "Fab Five," then you should know that freshman players can have a huge impact in college basketball. Although these five players from D2 basketball don't all play for the same team, they're one of the most important players on their teams already. A reasonable argument could be made about each player as number one. Let's take a look, and leave a comment if I missed anyone:
5. Kendarius Ash, F, Lane
Kendarius Ash has started in all but one game for Lane, and is averaging 11.4 points and 9.6 rebounds. At such a young age, it's expected that he won't be as consistent every game, and those off games have been what have brought his averages down a bit. He's had game highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds so if he can keep up a higher level of play, he should be just fine.
4. Josh Rodriguez, G, Point Loma
If he can reduce his current turnover average of 4.6, Josh Rodriguez will become the complete package at the guard spot. He's currently averaging 17.1 points, 6.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game. He's already been the PacWest Freshman of the Week twice, expect him to add a couple more to his resume.
3. Pat Bacon, G, Tampa
The top scorer out of all freshman in D2, Pat Bacon is very close to having the most complete game as well. He's averaging 21.2 points per game, and while he contributes in other categories, he doesn't as largely as some of the other guys. So far, he's averaged 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game – still a major asset to his team.
2. Kyle Monroe, F, Michigan Tech
With a sky-high field goal percentage of 53.3% (53.7% from behind the arc), Kyle Monroe is showing signs of a very polished offensive game already. He has put up 18.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.1 steals per game so far in his young career. He also went to Ashwaubenon High School, a name that has to be mentioned.
1. David Dennis, G, West Liberty
David Dennis earns the number one spot for a couple key reasons – for one, his West Liberty squad is ranked at BR-4, and for another he is an absolute stat stuffer. He is averaging 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 3 steals per game. With such an all-around game it's obvious Dennis has been a key factor in West Liberty's successes even though he's only a freshman. I wouldn't be surprised if any of these guys got Freshman of the Year but…I'd be least surprised if Dennis grabbed it.