2014-15 All-Freshman Squad: Duke, Kentucky and Arizona lead the way again
Jahlil Okafor is a throwback to an earlier era: a dominant center.
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By David FoxAthlon Sports
A year after Duke had one of the most versatile players in the country in No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker, the Blue Devils will have a different kind of stud freshman who seems destined for a high draft pick.
Jahlil Okafor won't be the jack-of-all-trades Parker was. That said, Okafor isn't merely a classic center. He's a throwback to an earlier era.
As decorated as Okafor may be by the end of the season, he's not the only highly touted freshman in Duke's class. The Blue Devils add a point guard (Tyus Jones) and small forward (Justise Winslow) in the nation's No. 1 recruiting class.
Duke's haul relegated Kentucky to No. 2 in the 247Sports Composite, but as usual the Wildcats will have their normal group of potential draft picks in the class. Kansas and Arizona, a year after having some of the best rookies in college basketball, again find their way near the top of the list of top freshmen in 2014-15.
G Tyus Jones, Duke One of three stud freshmen signed by Duke in 2014-15, Jones will push veteran Quinn Cook for minutes at point guard.
F Stanley Johnson, Arizona At 6-7, 226 pounds, Johnson can play either the 2 or the 3 for Arizona in his first (and potentially only) season at Arizona. He steps in for Aaron Gordon, but Johnson may be a more explosive offensive threat.
F Cliff Alexander, Kansas Alexander is another Kansas freshman who can score down low. His toughness and rebounding ability also have been key assets.
F Karl Towns, Kentucky Towns arrives into a crowded frontcourt at Kentucky, but the 7-footer's offensive game may set him apart. He should be able to stretch the floor in a way the Wildcats' other star forwards can't.
C Jahlil Okafor, Duke Okafor will challenge for All-America and national freshman of the year honors in addition to being Duke's best big man is several years. He's a traditional back-to-the-basket center who will be among the top picks in the 2015 draft.
All-Freshman Second Team
G Tyler Ulis, Kentucky G Kelly Oubre, Kansas G/F Daniel Hamilton, UConn F Trey Lyles, Kentucky C Myles Turner, Texas
All-Freshman Third Team
G Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall G Rashad Vaughn, UNLV G/F Justin Jackson, North Carolina F Abdul-Malik Abu, NC State F Kevon Looney, UCLA