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Top 10 College Basketball Freshman 2023 Rankings

Ranking the top college basketball freshmen in the 2022-2023 Men’s NCAA College Basketball Season as Brandon Miller goes from unranked to Top 3


By Fan Rankings | October 28, 2022 - 07:12 PM

The future of the NBA must start somewhere and that is exactly the case as the Top 10 Best College Freshman Basketball Player Rankings list is loaded with future bright stars.

As you start to look around the 2022 Men’s College Basketball Season, the talent is loaded with so many great talented basketball players taking to the hardwood night in and night out.

As NCAA veterans look to shape their NBA Draft status, a handful of the most talented freshman basketball players are also building their NBA Draft resumes and their all-around games.


One player who is taking the College Basketball world by storm as a freshman is the Alabama Crimson Tide forward Brandon Miller.

Miller, who is from Antioch, Tennessee currently ranks at the top of scoring among all freshmen while also ranking near the top in rebounds per game.

As Miller solidified his play all season, other top freshmen around the country included Keyonte George of the Baylor Bears, Kyle Filipowski of the Duke Blue Devils, Gradey Dick of the Kansas Jayhawks, and Jett Howard of the Michigan Wolverines. Here is a look at the Top 10 Best College Freshman Basketball Player Rankings December 2022:

Honorable Mention

Nate Calmese

School: Lamar Cardinals

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Just missing the Top 10 Best College Freshman Basketball Player Rankings December 2022 list is the Lamar Cardinals freshman guard Nate Calmese.

Calmese, who is from Gilbert, Arizona is putting together a brilliant first season on campus while averaging 17.2 points per game to go along with 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. 

The talented 6-foot-2 guard is currently shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from behind the three-point line while being a potential scoring threat for the Cardinals each night. 

Jarace Walker

School: Houston Cougars

Position: Forward
Previous Ranking: #10

As the Houston Cougars continue to dominate night in and night out to start the season one freshman apart of the team’s rotation mix is Jarace Walker.

Unfortunately for Walker the Cougars are using an extensive rotation of players to start the year which is impacting his overall playing time and true capabilities.

Nonetheless, Walker is still seeing the floor for 22.6 points per game while averaging 9.6 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.

Walker's best game of the season came in his second game finishing with 23 points to go along with eight rebounds. 

Top 10 Best Freshman Basketball Players

10. Amari Bailey

School: UCLA Bruins

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: #9

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 Best College Freshman Basketball Player Rankings December 2022 list is the UCLA Bruins freshman guard Amari Bailey.

As the expectations are set high on the UCLA Bruins this season one of the talented weapons expected to contribute at a high level is incoming freshman Bailey.

Bailey who is from Chicago, Illinois is coming off a strong 14 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and one assists performance in the team’s key 65-56 win over the Oregon Ducks. In seven of his nine games this season Bailey has posted at least 10 points.

9. Cason Wallace

School: Kentucky Wildcats

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: #4

Prior to the start of each Men’s College Basketball season the expectations are high for the Kentucky Wildcats after landing another talented incoming freshman class.

The same was said for the 2022 Wildcats recruiting class as John Calipari continues to land stars year in and year out. This year one of those talented freshmen is Cason Wallace who is expected to be a top tier prospect and a player who can make a run as an NBA lottery draft pick.

The freshman guard has not disappointed to start the season as he has stuffed the stat sheet recording 11 points per game to go along with 4.6 assists while also adding nearly three steals per game and 4.1 rebounds. 

8. Nick Smith Jr.

School: Arkansas Razorbacks

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: #2

Entering the 2022-23 NCAA Men’s Basketball Schedule Nick Smith Jr was one of the most coveted freshmen in the country and one Men’s College Basketball Freshman to Watch.

The Arkansas Native who elected to stay home for the season was the top overall recruit during the 2022 Men’s Basketball recruiting class.

After missing the start of the season Smith Jr is slowly getting his feet on the ground after posting just five minutes in his return.

Since that in two games the Razorbacks freshman guard has combined for 38 points to go along with five rebounds, eight assists, one blocked shot and one steal in his last two contests.

7. Anthony Black

School: Arkansas Razorbacks

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

While all eyes during the summer was on his teammate Nick Smith Jr, fellow freshman Anthony Black was preparing for what was expected to be a good season for Arkansas Razorbacks basketball.

Black, who is from Texas, was the state’s third best overall recruit while ranking 2nd in the nation among all point guards. Black has showcased his playing abilities while ranking among the best freshmen in college basketball.

In eight games this season, Black has averaged 12.9 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

6. Cam Whitmore

School: Villanova Wildcats

Position: Small Forward
Previous Ranking: #8

Another highly talented freshman recruit who had to wait to put it together on the floor this year is the Villanova Wildcats freshman small forward Cam Whitmore.

Whitmore, who had a long list of suitors as he was the top player coming out of the state of Maryland, elected to join the Wildcats. All the hype had to wait as Whitmore dealt with a thumb injury to start the season.

That said Whitmore has appeared in back-to-back games in December seeing 20 and 24 minutes per game. In his last game, the Maryland native racked up 21 points to go with six rebounds and two assists. 

5. Jett Howard

School: Michigan Wolverines

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 Best College Freshman Basketball Player Rankings December 2022 list is the Michigan Wolverines star guard Jett Howard.

Howard, who played his high school basketball in Miami, Florida has been brilliant in his first season with the Wolverines while playing alongside potential NBA Lottery Draft Pick Hunter Dickinson.

Howard is currently averaging 15.1 points per game to go along with 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

4. Gradey Dick

School: Kansas Jayhawks

Position: Small Forward
Previous Ranking: #6

When you are coming off another National Championship, recruiting starts to get a lot easier and that is the case for the Kansas Jayhawks after landing another talented recruiting class.

One player headlining that class is the Wichita, Kansas big man who elected to join the Jayhawks this season, Gradey Dick.

Dick who lists at 6-foot-8 inches, is dominant on the glass as well as being a solid finisher. The former 22nd ranked recruit is averaging 15.3 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. 

3. Keyonte George

School: Baylor Bears

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: #3

Entering the season Keyonte George was ranked as one of the Top Freshman College Basketball Players to watch and one of the potential freshmen who could elevate his NBA draft status.

The Texas native has not disappointed to start the season while being a key contributor on a very talented Baylor Bears roster.

George who is averaging 27.7 minutes per game is averaging 15.7 points per game as well as 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. George is a well-rounded guard who has great court vision and instincts to attack the glass.

2. Kyle Filipowski

School: Duke Blue Devils

Position: Center
Previous Ranking: Unranked

When you think of Duke Blue Devils basketball you can think of a long list of freshmen who have entered the program and put together strong seasons as well as careers.

The same was said for the current incoming class as most of the nation had their eyes on Dariq Whitehead and Dereck Lively II. That said, one freshman who has gone under the radar is the Blue Devils big man Kyle Filipowski who currently leads the team in points per game (14.9), rebounds per game (9.4), and steals (1.4).

In addition, the New York native is averaging nearly one blocked shot pe game while posting six double doubles on the year.

1. Brandon Miller

School: Alabama Crimson Tide

Position: Forward
Previous Ranking: Unranked

In at number one on the Top 10 Best College Freshman Basketball Player Rankings December 2022 list is the Alabama Crimson Tide freshman forward Brandon Miller.

Miller enters mid-December leading all freshmen in scoring averaging just below 20 point per game with 19.1 per game. In addition to being an excellent scorer Miller is averaging 8.9 rebounds to go along with 1.9 assists and one blocked shot per game.

The Crimson Tide freshman has posted at least 14 points in all eight games he has played including a season high 28 points to go along with eight rebounds back in November against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

How would you rank these college basketball players for the 2022-2023 season? Rank below to be added in the NCAA Power Rankings

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