Jason Tomassini of CollegeHoops.Net names Darrell Arthur as the #5 rookie in the nation this season based on games played so far...
5. Darrell Arthur, Kansas - Despite playing only 16 minutes against Florida he was the player of the game with 19 points and more aggressive play than anyone else on the court. I didn't really know anything about him before that game but that's arguably the best performance by a freshman in a big game this season. Since then he's struggled a bit but Bill Self has to get him off the bench, he's only averaging 21 minutes per game. I always thought you want to play your leading scorer as much as possible but then again, I'm not a coach.
Stats- 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.2 apg, 2.1 bpg, 1.2 spg, 1.6 TO, 62.2 FG%, 79.4 FT% Freshman perk- His roommates switched his toothpaste to Crest so he wouldn't be reminded of the Jayhawks embarrassing loss to Oral Roberts earlier this season.
Kevin Durant (Texas), Chase Buddinger (AZ), Greg Oden (Ohio State) and Javaris Crittenton (GA Tech) head up the list.