Pete, I agree on almost all. Walker's a sophomore though. And ya, I think someone will get a steal with him in the draft if he can keep his knees healthy (2 acl's now).
I hate the Lopez brothers; it's so weird those 2. But ya, the Pac10 is MUCH, MUCH better as a conference now.
Even though I'm not a fan, I suppose Melo has to be up there for recent freshmen. I feel like I'm missing someone else too. Grant Hill was an amazing freshman too, he just had a couple of college superstar teammates with him on the team. Also, for "polish" I think Singler has to be there this year. He's not as good, but he's very, very polished already. Just a super-high BBIQ.
Edit: I didn't know that Walker got his freshman eligibility back. Guess they gave him a redshirt for last year. I stand corrected.
Yeah, Walker was redshirted, in fact he had two ACL's. Pretty amazing story actually.
Edit: opps, you already mentioned it.
I know I'm probably missing some other freshmen too but when you watch Beasley, they all seem to fade from memory. Melo was great as a freshman, but IMO, he wasn't even close to Pierce and Anderson. It's funny, because I don't like Pierce's game in the NBA, and Anderson was never anywhere as near as good in the NBA as he was in college. Kenny just didn't have the body for the professional league. I loved him at GT though. I remember a triple overtime game they had against LSU (i think) and Anderson played all 55 minutes. He had Oliver and Scott but no center to get the easy dish, yet he managed to be right at the top of the ACC in assists.
< Message edited by Pete C -- 2/17/2008 12:10:59 AM >