It was a fun season of college basketball all throughout. However, it just seems like it just went to fast for our tasting.
So why not start looking at a few freshman prospects that will be making a name for themselves on the college courts next season.
ESPN continues to post its Top 100 prospects for the 2019 class and it got us thinking. Which Top-5 prospect will have the biggest impact next season for their team?
Here are the ones that could make the biggest impact and our final pick.
C James Wiseman – Ranked No. 1 (Memphis)
7’0, 230 pounds
Wiseman brings versatility, length, a rebounder, a shot blocker, and a big body down low in the paint. Moreover, with him teaming back up with head coach Penny Hardaway, Wiseman will for sure find his chances to shine at Memphis. It will be interesting to see how big of a presence he has with the talent he has around him, while also battling at the college level.
PG Cole Anthony – Ranked No. 2 (North Carolina)
6’3, 185 pounds
In several people’s eyes, Anthony may be considered the top prospect in the class and he may have the biggest opportunity to showcase his skills at the next level now that Coby White has left. Anthony simply can do it all on the floor. He has shown that he can score on all three levels, plays with toughness inside when he is in attack mode, has great vision and understanding of an offense, and battles on the boards with his size. With the success UNC has had with its PG’s, there should not be any doubt that that trend will continue next season.
C Isaiah Stewart – Ranked No. 3 (Washington)
6’9, 245 pounds
Honestly, when watching Stewart, the first thing that comes to mind is “What DON’T you like about Stewart?” Stewart brings physicality, mental toughness, and a motor on both sides of the floor. He shows that he can be a true workhorse and simply makes winning plays. He will need to continue to develop his overall offensive arsenal at the next level but he can easily be targeted as a double-double machine.
SG Anthony Edwards – Ranked No. 4 (Georgia)
6’4, 205 pounds
Georgia has been able to secure a fantastic recruiting class and Edwards is the lead dog. Once part of the 2020 class, Edwards is a prospect that that may be one of the best despite his class. Edwards has all the physical tools and is wired to score, whether it is off the bounce or not. When he has the ball in his hands, he is at his best. Georgia averaged 71 points per game but only had two prospects average double figures last year. Edwards has a chance to not only led the Bulldogs to higher levels but also be one of the top scoring guards in the country. But don’t let that fool you, Edwards knows how to make plays for others as well.
C Vernon Carey – Ranked No. 6 currently (Duke)
6’10, 275 pounds
Coach K and the Blue Devils will once again get back to having a dominant, true center presence this upcoming season. Carey was ranked No. 5 by ESPN before the recent announcement from R.J. Hampton reclassifying to 2019. He is a skilled big man that is agile, moves well, and brings versatility to the floor with his size and skill. What you have to like about him is his size, physicality, touch, and feel, as well as his ability to score inside and out. The Blue Devils will look to feature Carey much like the other freshmen coming in with him. But the question is… will he be the go-to guy on the floor with the array of young talent?
So, who will end up having the best season from these five?
Pick: Cole Anthony
Edwards wasn’t far behind as he should have a ton of opportunities in the SEC at Georgia. However, Coly Anthony should have the keys handed over to him at North Carolina, much as Coby White did. And with his ability to score in an array of ways, lead the fast break, and impact the game in multiple ways, Anthony may have the biggest impact on the court for the Tar Heels. He may also have to with so much talent leaving from the previous season.