Freshman Haze: Baldwin Leads Bulldogs
Freshman Haze: Baldwin Leads Bulldogs

This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.

Not every freshman is going to come in and be a star for his team. Most teams have established players who will do the majority of the scoring, so it is incumbent on the youngsters to find a role. The general wisdom that big players take longer to acclimate themselves to college basketball is upheld in this week's seven players. Many of the profiles show that point guards can come to a school and begin to run the offense. Other players took some time to find their role, but are now prospering in the second half of the season.

Kamar Baldwin, guard, Butler Bulldogs

In the past, the Bulldogs were known for their defense. When they could forge some offense, they could be competitive. This year's edition of Butler basketball has a nice balance of players. The lead scorer, Kelan Martin, is inconsistent. Someone else has had to step up and the 6-foot-0 Baldwin has been that player. He opened the season with double-digit scoring in five of his last six games, then quieted down. He has led the Bulldogs to three straight Big East wins with 19.0 points. Perhaps his big scoring is just a quick streak, but he could be evolving into a special guard for the Bulldogs.

Devon Daniels, guard, Utah Utes

Like Baldwin, Daniels spent most of the non-conference slate as an inconsistent offensive presence. Over his first 13 games, the 6-5 guard scored in double digits in every other game. He would get hot against

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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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