February 26, 2024

2023-24 Men’s College Basketball Freshman of the Year Rankings | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Duke's Jared McCain

Duke’s Jared McCainLance King/Getty Images

10. JT Toppin, New Mexico (Previous Rank: 8)
12.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 1.2 SPG

Toppin picked up his eighth double-double Tuesday night in the road win over Wyoming, going for 11 points and 13 rebounds. It was the fourth time in his last seven games that Toppin grabbed at least six offensive boards, as he is making quite the run up the national leaderboard in that department. He also had 15 rebounds and four blocks in the recent loss to Boise State.

9. Johnny Furphy, Kansas (Previous Rank: Not Included)
8.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 40.5% 3PT

Feels a bit weird to catapult Furphy into the top 10 fresh off a disappointing performance in the loss to Kansas State. However, the emergence of this “shooting forward” in the month or so prior to that dud sure has made it easier to buy Kansas as a title contender. His year-to-date marks are weak, but he was averaging 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in the six games leading up to Monday’s loss.

8. Yves Missi, Baylor (Previous Rank: Honorable Mention)
10.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.7 BPG

Missi has been all over the map this season, including a rough run through mid-January that knocked him out of our previous top 10. But the shot-blocking center has been stout in recent weeks, including going for 17 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday’s victory over Texas Tech. Missi also scored a career-high 25 in the triple-overtime loss to TCU and had four blocks in the chaotic win over Iowa State this past weekend. Can’t wait to watch him try to hang with Hunter Dickinson at Allen Fieldhouse this Saturday.

7. Milan Momcilovic, Iowa State (Previous Rank: 6)
12.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 40.4% 3PT

Had the buzzer-beating heave against Baylor counted, Momcilovic maybe moves up into our top three. It would have been his second game-winner against a top-tier opponent, having previously delivered that dagger in the win over Houston. Alas, he got it off just a fraction of a second too late and remains in the back half of our top 10 for his metronomic production, scoring around a dozen points in every game.

6. Jared McCain, Duke (Previous Rank: Honorable Mention)
12.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.1 SPG, 39.8% 3PT

In putting McCain as an honorable mention two weeks ago, I wrote: “He just barely misses the cut as our unofficial No. 11 player, and could make a serious push for No. 1 with a gem at UNC next Saturday.” Well, he did have a gem, going for 23 points and 11 rebounds, despite it coming in a losing effort. McCain was also the star of the win over Clemson the previous weekend with 21 points, five rebounds and three steals in that one. We had been waiting for one of those do-it-all performances against a quality opponent, and two in the span of a week has made McCain a strong candidate for Freshman of the Year.