Quote by Sophomores looking for redemption
First impressions do count, but they don’t usually tell the whole story. If you want some proof, don’t look further than Buddy Hield and Frank Kaminsky. The Bahamian, in his first season with Oklahoma, averaged 7.8 points per game while shooting 23% from behind the arc, the latter never scored in double figures as a freshman. And we all know who won those Naismith Player of the Year a few seasons later. It happens every year, and the 2015 recruiting class is no exception.
Last year, plenty of freshmen did not live up to expectations: they either could not deal with the pressure of a starting role, or find minutes on the floor, or are still too raw to make the jump that is required to go from high school to college basketball. A few players, on the other hand, had surprisingly positive season and outperformed their recruiting ranking.
It is, of course, important to keep an eye on these sophomores. Some of their predecessors proved that a disappointing first season is not a prelude to a disastrous college career, and one of them might end up winning POY. We ranked them in three different categories, based off the expectations their ranking suggested: “Fail” for those who had a very disappointing season, “Resit” for those who did slightly better and “Passed” for those who had a surprisingly good year.