This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
Last week in the Haze, we took a look at the best rebounding freshmen in the country (that we had not looked at before). While taking rebounds is all well and good, everyone knows that December is the season of giving. Therefore, it makes sense to look at the best playmakers among the freshman. I covered Lonzo Ball, the best of the freshman passers, in the initial Haze. I am also going to leave Markelle Fultz out because I have the feeling that he is going to be worth his own Haze. We'll get to him soon enough. For now, here are some top passers among first-year players.
De'Aaron Fox, guard, Kentucky Wildcats
Putting up a triple-double will put a player on the fantasy map. It will also lead to some exposure on our own excellent Barometer (which some people pronounce thermometer). I had the feeling coming into the season that Malik Monk would score more, but Fox would the more valuable Wildcat guard for fantasy teams. For once, I was right. Fox is scoring 15.9 points (to Monk's team-leading 19.9), but he is also snagging 5.3 boards, nabbing 1.9 steals, and doling out 7.9 assists. It helps to have Monk and the Kentucky bigs to make shots, but Fox is putting up number reminiscent of the best of Kentucky point guards of the Calipari era: John Wall.
De'Anthony Melton, guard, USC Trojans
The Trojans went with a dual-point guard look with Jordan McLaughlin and Julian Jacobs last