By Michael Almonte
As we enter into 2012 for the college basketball season, five spectacular freshmen have stood up and made an intermediate impact on their teams. First up is Duke’s Austin Rivers who has not disappointed the Cameron Crazies with his phenomenal play. Rivers leads the team with 15.6 PPG and ranks second on the team in assists with 2.3 APG. The biggest intangible Rivers has bought to the team is attitude playing with an edge on the court. Rivers has scored double-figures in 10 out of 11 games as the Blue Devils are off to a 10-1 start.
Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos is creating some serious buzz on the West Coast especially behind the three-point line. Pangos leads the team with 14.5 PPG and made some serious noise in the second game of the year against Washington State as he exploded for 33 points including drilling nine three pointers in the win. Pangos is shooting 40% behind the arc and 84% from the free-throw line. Through 11 games, Pangos has scored in double figures nine times as Gonzaga has started the season at 9-2.