Last week's debut post featured Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones as the nation's top performer to date, with Wisconsin's Jon Leuer and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger close behind. Sullinger and Jones are more obvious selections, but Leuer's No. 2 spot (though aided by a probably-set-to-drop 48 percent mark from beyond the arc) shows the power of tempo-free stats. Leuer is underrated across the country, plays in a brutally slow offensive system, and probably won't get much more than the occasional dark-horse mention for player of the year honors this season. But if you're willing to look past all that, you get a player deserving of far more.
In other words, while some (though not ESPN's own Doug Gottlieb, who made this proclamation Saturday) have seemed hesitant to crown Jared Sullinger as the best freshman in the country, let alone the best player, the stats tell otherwise. Sullinger hasn't just been a great freshman. He's been a great player, period.
Anyway, it's something to keep an eye on. And you should probably read Ken's post, if only to revisit just how unbelievably awesome Michael Beasley and Kevin Love both were in 2007-08. Looking at Beasley's college numbers is a sublime pleasure that only gets better with age.