Top 5 College Basketball Freshmen for the 2020-21 Season
There’s a laundry list of impact freshmen heading into the 2020-21 campaign. Guys like BJ Boston (Kentucky) and Caleb Love (UNC) immediately come to mind. Moussa Cisse is set to become the next sensational big man for Memphis.
However, if your goal is to learn about all of the talented first-year players in NCAAB, this post isn’t for you.
This page was designed to introduce the best diaper dandies in 2020-21.
Meet the top 5 freshmen in college basketball.
Cade Cunningham – Oklahoma State Cowboys
Dick Vitale is calling Cade Cunningham, the “All-Diaper Dandy.” Cunningham darners the top spot on all 2021 NBA Draft Big Boards. There’s not much else I can say that’ll extoll the 6’8” freshman set to turn heads in Stillwater, so you may as well check out some Cade Cunningham highlights.
At 6’8” and 220 pounds, Cunningham is built to thrive on the wing, although his phenomenal court vision allows him to prosper as a point forward.
Of all the diaper dandies in college basketball this season, Cunningham is the only one who’s among the top 5 Wooden Award candidates.
Evan Mobley – USC Trojans
I was as high on USC freshman Onyeka Okongwu as anybody heading into the 2020 NBA Draft. With that being said, the seven-footer who is set to take his place in La La Land might be an even more intriguing NBA prospect.
My first projected lottery of the 2021 NBA Draft.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) November 19, 2020
1. Cade Cunningham
2. Evan Mobley
3. Jalen Greenhttps://t.co/qtjjajbcjA
The Rancho Christian product uses a 7’5” wingspan to be a menace on the defensive end, but here’s the major difference between Mobley and Okongwu.
Onyeka was and continues to be a work in progress on offense. Evan possesses fluid footwork, soft touch, and can even knock down jumpers.
Scottie Barnes – Florida State Seminoles
How does Leonard Hamilton go about replacing two underclassmen that were lottery picks in 2020?
Easy, he just inks Montverde’s Scottie Barnes to the program and lets the 6’8” small forward go to work.
Barnes’ imposing strength will go a long way in battling post players in the ACC, and his ability to finish in transition will have him appearing on lots of highlight reels. If Scottie decides to enter the 2021 NBA Draft like many in Tallahassee anticipate, expect to hear his name called within the first five picks.
Ziaire Williams – Stanford Cardinal
I briefed readers about this kid in my Pac-12 basketball season preview. The NBA upside is blatant, but he’s not one of those projects who’s going to take a ton of time to develop. In fact, Ziaire Williams will be looked to lead Stanford from the get-go in what is a wide-open conference.
A hybrid forward who uses his athleticism and length to wreak havoc on defense, he’s also proficient on the catch-and-shoot. The next step for Ziaire is simply to mature into his 6’7” frame.
Dawson Garcia – Marquette Golden Eagles
Perhaps not a name you’re going to see on most blogs touting college basketball diaper dandies. Nevertheless, I’m not nearly naïve enough to sleep on Dawson Garcia.
Not after watching a 6’11” dude glide across the court like a prototypical point guard.
The more you watch his tape, the harder it is to figure out if he’s actually a righty or a lefty. Or maybe that’s because he’s so skilled he can drop buckets with either hand. To be entirely truthful, Marquette is incredibly fortunate to have landed such a prime-time player. Garcia passed on offers from the likes of North Carolina, Memphis, Baylor, Kansas, and Oregon – just to name a few.