This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
The conventional wisdom is that guards acclimate to college basketball more quickly than forwards and centers. It helps that coaches are more willing to give young guys the ball and let them run with things. Meanwhile, big guys have to adjust to their giant bodies and often have issues with foul trouble. There are, of course, exceptions, which will show up in the top seven. The middle seven of the Top 21 is filled with young guards who have started running their teams early and could come to dominate the college basketball landscape in the next few years.
14. Teyvion Kirk (G)
The Bobcats were expected to challenge for the MAC title, but it hasn't happened. Center Jason Carter has played limited minutes due to a foot injury. The good news is that the team should be set at point guard with the 6-foot-3 Kirk. The one-time Duke recruit has scored in double digits in 16-straight games and has been able to help out the boards. Kirk is averaging 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. He is not a volume 3-point shooter, but has converted 44.4 percent of his long-range shots. Kirk gets a nice boost in points by forcing his way to the free-throw line where he has hit 72.3 percent on 5.9 attempts per game.
13. Tremont Waters (G)
Had this list come out three weeks ago, Waters might have cracked the top seven. The 5-11 freshman has slowed down in conference play and the Tigers have