Hi, my name is… The top 5 SEC freshmen

26 Oct

Bradley Beal is one of the instant impact rookies in the SEC this year. (PHOTO: OregonLive.com)

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

The SEC is loaded with instant impact freshmen this season. Who are the cream of the crop? We look at the fantastic five.

Marquis Teague (Kentucky)

Teague may not be the deadeye shooter Brando Knight was or as athletic as John Wall, but he still is more than capable of running John Calipari’s dribble-drive offense. He will not have to score as much as his predecessors either as the Wildcats have scoring threats at every position. He should give Wall’s single-season assist record a run for the money this season, but make no mistake if defenses don’t account for him he can easily get to the rim for a layup or knock down an open jumper.

Brad Beal (Florida)

Arguably the best long-term shooting guard prospect in the county, Beal will be an impact player for the Gators as a freshman, even in the Gator’s crowded backcourt. He already has an NBA ready body, and has the ability to knock down shots from well behind the three point stripe.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky)

Many believed that from the time he was a freshman in high school that Kidd-Gilchrist would one day suit up for John Calipari, and now the time has finally arrived. The 6-foot-7 forward is a tenacious defender, and will try to take over the void left by DeAndre Liggins as the Wildcats defensive stopper. He will thrive in the dribble-drive with his ability to finish around the rim.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)

It has been a long summer of waiting for Caldwell-Pope. He first had to wait and see if he was going to qualify academically, but once that was resolved his eligibility was in question because of a phone bill supposedly paid for by his former AAU coach. With all his off the court issues resolved, Caldwell-Pope is now ready to make an impact for his home state school. With Travis Leslie gone, he will be called upon to handle some of the scoring load this season for the Bulldogs.

Anthony Davis (Kentucky)

The number one player in high school last year by several major scouting services, Davis has the ability to come into the college game from day one. The 6-foot-11 forward runs the floor extremely well, and can stretch the defense with his ability to make threes. While skilled offensively, Davis will really make a difference on the defensive end, where his will be able to use his long arms and quick leaping ability to alter any shot near the rim.

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