This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
In this week's Freshman Haze, we travel around the country to look at players who have had a variety of early experiences. We have a few experienced freshmen who redshirted last season and are now playing major minutes for their teams. There are also players for teams that started slowly, but are being helped along by the young ones. Last week, I noted that there were not many small school freshmen, but a few have bubbled up to my attention. We'll get to one playing in our nation's capital for a team that has a talent for producing high-scoring guards.
Oshae Brissett (F)
The Orange have a modest surprise in the ACC as they have mostly stayed home to win eight of their first nine games. This start would have been impossible without the 6-foot-8 Brissett, who has quickly become the team's leading rebounder and interior scorer. Brissett has four double-doubles and is averaging 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. He is trying to fit into the mold of a Syracuse forward by taking 3-pointers, but outside shooting is not his strength. The Canadian native is only hitting 23.7 percent of his long-range shots and is even worse in his last five games (21.4 percent). He will figure out the perimeter eventually, but should probably concentrate on his strengths for now.
Mo Bamba (C)
Of the high profile big men in this freshman class, Bamba is the most like a traditional center. He does his best work on the defensive end