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The 2012 NCAA Tournament’s Top 5 Freshmen

By 03.15.12

ANDRE DRUMMONDcenter, Connecticut
Landing the 6-11 freshman (ranked as the No. 1 high school player in his class by many services) was a coup for UConn, even on the heels of a national championship. He became an all-Big East rookie selection because of his rebounding savvy but didn’t develop on offense as quickly as some thought because of the freshman-and-sophomore-dominated starting lineup around him that learned in fits and spurts. Put simply, he’s a BIG body who led the Huskies in rebounding in 18 games and in 10 of 11 games in one stretch. The stats break down to 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game on a team-high 55 percent shooting from the floor. Like many big men before him, he suffers from an aversion to the free-throw line, though — he shoots 30 percent there.

Who he reminds me of: Roy Hibbert

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