This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
Welcome to 2017! Some say when first-year students reach their second semester, they are no longer freshmen. Technically, it is not true. First-year students remain freshmen until their second year, though they may no longer be fresh men. This week, we'll start with a few Tier 1 players then spend some time with four small-school players, three of whom play for teams called the Bulldogs. I maintain that there should be a mascot tournament in which only one team can win the right to be the Bulldogs and/or Wildcats. There are too many of the same! For example, there is only one Nittany Lion team.
Tony Carr, guard, Penn State Nittany Lions
Carr was put in the driver's seat of the Nittany Lion offense in the opener and has driven the team to nine wins in 15 games. Not bad for Penn State. The 6-foot-3 guard has scored in double digits in all but three consecutive games, a shooting downturn that happened just after Thanksgiving. He has averaged 13.4 points over his last five games. He is leading the team with 3.9 assists, but his shooting (35.9 percent from the field) could use a lot of improvement. All of his misses have not made Carr shy and he has attempted the second most shots on the team (10.4 per game).
Jayson Tatum, forward, Duke Blue Devils
Like many of the prized Duke freshmen, Tatum started the team on the sideline and missed the first eight games of the season with