Three Big 12 freshmen — Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State, Jalen Wilson of Kansas and Greg Brown of Texas — made the CBSSports.com ‘Frosh Watch’ released earlier this week.
Cobb and Boone both consider Cade Cunningham to be the nation’s top freshman to this point in the season, even though the Cowboys haven’t played since before Christmas and won’t play until Saturday against Texas Tech. But, with averages of 19.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, Cunningham is one of the best players in the nation, regardless of classification.
Cobb and Boone also pointed out that Cunningham averaged 21 points in his first two Big 12 games, both of which ended in losses for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Wilson came in at No. 5 in the rankings, and like the Cowboys he and the Jayhawks have been off since facing West Virginia on Dec. 22. Kansas returns to the floor on Saturday against Texas, and Wilson will go into that game with averages of 14.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 assist per game. Wilson is a redshirt and is shooting nearly 60 percent inside the 3-point arc.
So the game with Texas will pit Wilson against Brown, who entered the Top 10 for the first time this season. The true freshman from Austin, Texas, enters Saturday’s games with averages of 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He’s the Longhorns’ leading rebounder this season.
It may have been Brown’s performance against Cunningham before the break that got Brown into the Top 10. In that matchup Brown scored 24 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Longhorns to their first Big 12 win of the season.
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