This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
We have come to the end of the Freshman Haze's rainbow. Things opened with the season being billed as the Year of the Freshman, but you don't hear about that too much anymore. Of the players in the top seven, maybe three or four players will be playing in the NCAA tournament. If the top seven tells us anything, it is that the Pac-12 has had a very nice season. There are no Kentucky Wildcats at the top of the list, but there are four players from the Pac-12. The season seemed prearranged to have Washington guard Markelle Fultz at the top of this list, but you will have to read on (or just scan down the page a bit) to find out if the Husky guard fulfilled his destiny.
7. Shamorie Ponds, guard, St. John's Red Storm
It is apparent that coach Chris Mullin can recruit guards. He landed two freshman guards to lead the Red Storm back to respectability. Ponds and redshirt freshman Marcus LoVett combined to score more than 34 points per game. The 6-foot-1 freshman outperformed his fellow guard by providing more assists (3.1) and steals (2.0). Ponds seemed to take off in the three games in which LoVett sat out in early December. He averaged 23.0 points in those contests and scored 20 points or more five times after that. As Mullin tinkered with the starting lineup, Ponds continued to start while LoVett became a scorer off the bench. The team has won four of