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Who are the top freshmen so far?

Updated: January 12, 2009, 12:54 PM ET
By Graham Hays

In a year when Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps headlined the world of sports by dominating races (give or take the occasional photo finish at the wall), Maya Moore was a fittingly clear-cut choice as the nation's top freshman last spring.

But now Moore is a sophomore, the calendar has turned to 2009 and the current pack of newcomers has yet to spit out a clear leader in the race for this season's honor. As of the beginning of the week, Long Island's Ashley Palmer was the only freshman among the nation's top 50 in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game. And with full respect to Palmer (who is also among national leaders in rebounding at 9.9 per game and is turning over the ball fewer than two times per game), the Northeast Conference is going to produce a national award winner about as often as the guy in the outside lane from Lichtenstein beats Bolt.

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