Freshman Haze: Struggling Frosh
Freshman Haze: Struggling Frosh

This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.

This season has been deemed "Year of the Freshman" by some media outlets. While we have been witness to the excellence of Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz, there have been some disappointments in the early going. I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but fantasy owners want numbers not potential. Some of the hyped first-year players have not put up much production. Will they be able to bounce back or should their owners starting look for other sources of points and boards from 'shmen?

Bam Adebayo, forward, Kentucky Wildcats

The usual line about the 2015-16 Wildcats is that they were missing muscle in the middle. The 6-foot-10, 260, Adebayo was supposed to step on the court and relieve that problem just with his immense presence. Through four games, he is averaging an uninspiring 9.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks. Kentucky is very perimeter oriented with Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk, and De'Aaron Fox all averaging 15.3 points or more. None of the three big scorers are excellent perimeter shooters, which doesn't leave a lot of space for Adebayo to operate. He is also losing minutes to Derek Willis, who has more shooting range. Adebayo will likely have a huge game or two, but he will mostly operate in the guards' shadows.

Josh Jackson, forward, Kansas Jayhawks

My colleague, RotoWire James Anderson, did an excellent job profiling Jackson's upside in his Prospect Post last week. Jackson can do a little of everything as shown by the sweet highlights. Like Adebayo, the

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Perry Missner
Missner covers college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran fantasy sports writer, he once served on the executive board for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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