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Top 5 college basketball freshmen ready to rock the 2019-20 season

James Wiseman, Addison Patterson, Will Richardson

College basketball is becoming more and more exciting as 18 or 19-year-old freshmen are ready to show everyone that the 2019-20 season is theirs.

Considering the evolution of this year’s basketball players, we can safely say that they will soon be everywhere, from any sports channel to every online casino. This will be a delight for all the sports bettors, as they are usually eager to place bets on matches, transfers and so on. Aside from this, many game software providers create products such as slot machines with basketball themes and featuring famous players. They cannot wait to add some new faces to their collection and these new stars might just get to have their own slot games.

We can count a few of the best freshmen from Duke like Zion Williamson, RJ Barret, or before them, Lonzo Ball at UCLA, Trae Young at Oklahoma, or Anthony Davis at Kentucky. Naming all the successful college players would call for a long list, but you get the idea.

Instead, we have gathered a list of the best basketball freshmen about to have an impact in the 2019-20 season, from the 2019 prospect of 247Sports Composite Rankings.

James Wiseman, Memphis

The 7-foot, 5-star prospect and the number 1 recruit in the Class of 2019, Wiseman claims honors of Morgan Wootten and Gatorade National Player of the Year, after his senior season.

He is projected to be the frontrunner to go number 1 in the 2020 NBA Draft. His performance will be of big importance to Penny Hardaway’s recruiting of blue-chip talent and Memphis’ success.

Anthony Edwards, Georgia

The 18-years-old “Ant-Man” was a football player for most of his childhood and became one of the top players from Pop Warner. However, since basketball “looked more fun” he switched his focus, becoming a five-star prospect in 2019 and number 2 overall, but his exhibition at Georgia shows great skills in shot-making and shot creation. Coach Tom Crean said great things about his athletic and overall abilities. If he keeps improving his aptitudes, James Wiseman will have a true competitor.

Isaiah Stewart, Washington

Growing up, Stewart used to play soccer and boxing, until fifth grade when he realized he was drawn to basketball more, due to his athleticism and size, which was around 6 feet at age 12. He was named Mr. Basketball USA, Naismith Prep Player of the Year, earned McDonald’s All-American honors, and now he is a 5-star prospect, no 3 overall. Kudos!

Cole Anthony, North Carolina

Anthony focused most of his life on basketball, growing up under the guidance of Steve Harris, who also mentored Kemba Walker, an NBA player.

Cole Anthony was a key player for PSA Cardinals on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and on his senior season, he averaged a triple-double of 17.8 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game.

The 6’3” player was also named the most valuable player of 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game and Nike Hoop Summit. When playing for the United States at the 2018 FIBA, he scored 18 points in a 113-74 win over Canada and won the gold medal.

Vernon Carey, Duke

Also a 5-star 2019 prospect and no. 6 overall, Carey is the son of Vernon Carey, a former NFL player. Since the apple never falls far from the tree, the American college basketball player is raising to the occasion, being named MaxPreps National Junior of the Year in 2018 and twice the Florida Mr. Basketball in 2018 and 2019.

The top player was chosen to play in the Nike Hoop Summit, Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American in 2019.

The highest-rated freshman in his class, he figures to feature in a role down low along with Zion Williamson and Marques Bolden.

While having all the players of the highest caliber, it still does not guarantee any titles. What it does guarantee is entertainment and getting into the action by calculating the odds. The 2019-20 college basketball season started Tuesday, on the 5th of November and everyone can hardly wait to see their favorite players in action.