This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
Not every freshman gets to have a starring role. Some first-year players choose schools that already have established stars at their position. They can choose to sulk on the bench or to make the best of the situation, doing what they can in either limited minutes or playing out of position. The following seven players have taken on the identity of role players after being stars in high school. Keeper and dynasty league players should take note: if they stay in school for another season or two, they could become stars.
Cameron Lard (F)
It became apparent early on that the Cyclones had their backcourt pieces in place. The previously profiled Lindell Wigginton, Donovan Jackson, and point guard Nick Weiler-Babb guided the team to nine straight wins, but there were questions in the frontcourt. The 6-foot-9 Lard has stepped in and given the team an option in the paint. He is averaging 11.1 points on 63.8 percent shooting, with 6.5 rebounds for good measure. He has three double-doubles, including 21 points and 16 rebounds in the overtime loss to Texas on New Year's Day. Lard's role on Iowa State should grow and he may help the team get some wins in conference play.
Gary Trent (G)
The Blue Devils have a lot of stars, so a player like Trent can get lost among the Grayson Allens and Marvin Bagleys. The guard came to Duke with the reputation as a superior shooter, but he has only shown the ability to knock