This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
There have been plenty of freshmen over the years that have dominated the non-conference slate before petering out when the competition becomes tougher against conference foes. UNLV forward and future first pick Anthony Bennett comes to mind. He suffered a shoulder injury before Mountain West play and fell way off. The players in this week's Haze have exhibited opposite behavior. They might have been somewhat quiet at the beginning of the season, but have burst on the scene with conference games. You can call them the anti-Bennetts.
Jarrett Allen, forward, Texas Longhorns
I really thought the Longhorns would be the team to challenge Kansas this season in Year Two of the Shaka Smart reign. It hasn't happened, likely due to the team being unable to find solid guards. Smart does not have to worry about one forward slot with the 6-foot-10 Allen. He opened the season with a double-double in the win over Incarnate Word, but was held to single digits in his next three games. Allen has become steadier in conference play with 14.0 points and 9.4 rebounds through five games. Texas has dropped six of its last seven games, so a postseason appearance will depend on some conference tournament magic. Allen looks like he could be a player to build around.
Lamar Stevens, forward, Penn State Nittany Lions
The Nittany Lions are another team looking forward. Stevens, a 6-7 forward, is the third Penn State player profiled in the Haze after Mike Watkins and guard Tony Carr. Penn