This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
In my formative years of fantasy basketball, I generally eschewed the points category. Scorers were glory hounds, while players like Ben Wallace were undervalued. I still tend to shy away from big scorers who do not contribute in the other categories, but points usually come with other peripheral niceties. The following septet are among the top scorers among freshmen that I have not heretofore covered in the Haze. I could probably spend an entire column waxing on about the wonderful stats put up by the first player, but I will spend some time writing (if not thinking) about the other six.
Markelle Fultz, guard, Washington Huskies
I was looking through my old papers to try to find a guard who had put up similar numbers to Fultz through his first nine games. There are a few forwards in years past, Anthony Davis and Ben Simmons, who were comparable. D'Angelo Russell was good, but he was not nearly this good. The 6-foot-4 Fultz has been the be all, end all for the Huskies by providing 22.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.2 blocks. He is leading the team in four of the five categories and is just 1.1 rebounds behind Noah Dickerson. There is little reason to think that Fultz shouldn't keep up his production. He has even started to hit more 3-pointers (9-of-14, 64.3 percent in his last three games). It would be nice if the freshman's production led to Washington wins, but coach Lorenzo Romar has