We’ve Never Seen a Better Class of First-Year Floor Generals
For folks who cover and follow the elite AAU hoops circuit, this 2017 college basketball freshman class has been talked about ever since they arrived in high school. And judging from the results so far, they lived up to every ounce of the hyperbole that has followed them into the college game.
This year’s freshman class is already on par with the 2008 class that featured Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo, along with the most recent ridiculousness of the 2014 crew that boasted the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle.
True basketball historians are already debating as to whether they might surpass the absolute best freshman class in college basketball history, the first-year wonders of 1980 that included Ralph Sampson, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy, Steve Stipanovich, John Paxson, Sidney Lowe, Clark Kellogg, Sidney Green, Antoine Carr, Sam Bowie, Dereck Whittenburg and The Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins.