Every season, a new crop of top freshmen brings intrigue to college basketball. Will they live up to the hype? Can they blend with other stars? Will they bring their programs a championship before heading off to the NBA?
Here are five freshmen who could steal the show this season:
1. Romeo Langford, Indiana
The high-scoring 6-foot-6 shooting guard is already well-known in Indiana after winning a state title at New Albany High School. He had his pick of blue bloods but decided to help the Hoosiers get back to the NCAA Tournament, making him an instant fan favorite. Big Ten defenders will struggle to contain the explosive Langford, who averaged 35.5 points as a high school senior. He and senior forward Juwan Morgan could form a scary one-two punch.
2. Nassir Little, North Carolina
A strong 6-6 wing who was MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game, Little brings versatility and a 7-1 wing span to the Tar Heels. He knows how to win with back-to-back state titles in Florida. He'll complement Luke Maye on offense, and he's not too into scoring to commit to defense. Expect Little to battle Duke's young stars for ACC Rookie of the Year - or even Player of the Year - honors.
3. RJ Barrett, Duke
Barrett is being discussed as the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft. First, the Blue Devils are counting on the 6-7 forward to be part of a stellar freshman class that hopes to secure a national title. The No. 1 recruit in his class in 247Sports.com's composite rankings, Barrett can drive to the hoop, passes well and plays strong defense. He showed his skill in a 38-point performance for the Canadian team to beat the U.S. in the 2017 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.
4. Zion Williamson, Duke
The dunks will be spectacular, that much is guaranteed. An especially physical player at 6-7 and 285 pounds, Williamson is a strong rebounder who's also agile. Good luck to opposing coaches trying to figure out how to match up with him. He'll have to blend on the Blue Devils with two other probable one-and-dones in Barrett and 6-8 forward Cameron Reddish.
5. Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
Like Langford, Garland could have chosen other top-flight programs such as Kentucky or UCLA, but the 6-2 point guard from Nashville, Tenn., decided to stay home. Along with fellow five-star recruit Simi Shittu, a 6-10 forward from Canada, Vanderbilt could be headed for a historic season.