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Ready to make an impact from Day 1

Freshmen are ready to play right away, which is why coaches won't hesitate to play them right away.

Updated: January 3, 2003, 2:37 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Villanova's Allen Ray sat down in the tightly packed, bandbox of a press room at Philadelphia's famed Palestra earlier this season and told the assembled media that everything he'd heard about the Big Five rivalry games was true. From the emotional atmosphere created by thousands of Philadelphia fans, to the level of competition on the court, Villanova's victory over La Salle felt just like all those high-profile games he'd played the past few seasons back at St. Raymond's in the Bronx.

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