There are some pretty good names on the list of freshmen men’s basketball players, who have led the NCAA in a statistical category for a season. Among them are Jason Kidd, Paul Millsap, Anthony Davis, Alonzo Mourning, Steve Alford, Bernard King, Michael Beasley, Sidney Moncrief and Shawn Bradley.
Iowa State freshman Monte Morris has a chance to become the 21st frosh to be the NCAA’s best in a statistical category. He currently tops the nation in assist turnover margin.
Morris’ current pace (5.20) would not only lead the nation, but it would break the NCAA record, too. Among the 20 freshmen to lead the nation in an NCAA category, only one set a national record that season, too.
Blake Ahearn, a 6-2 guard on Missouri State’s 2004 team, made 117 of 120 free throws (.975) as a college freshman. Ahearn bounced around the NBA for 3 years and converted 32-33 free throws (.970) as a professional.
Here is the complete list of freshmen to lead the NCAA in a statistical category:
- Bernard King, Tennessee, 1975, 62.2 FG%
- Sidney Moncrief, Arkansas, 1976, 66.5 FG%
- Steve Alford, Indiana, 1984, 91.3 FT%
- Jim Barton, Dartmouth, 1986, 94.2 FT%
- Kenny Miller, Loyola, 1988, 13.6 rebounds
- Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown, 1989, 4.97 blocks
- Shawn Bradley, BYU, 1991, 5.21 blocks
- Jason Kidd, Cal, 1993, 3.79 steals
- Keith Closs, Central Connecticut State, 1995, 5.35 blocks
- Joel Hoover, UMES, 1997, 3.21 steals
- Jason Conley, VMI, 2002, 29.3 points
- T.J. Ford, Texas, 2002, 8.27 assists
- Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech, 2004, 12.5 rebounds
- Blake Ahearn, Missouri State, 2004, 97.5 FT%
- Mike Freeman, Hampton, 2007, 67.8 FG%
- Michael Beasley, Kansas State, 2008, 12.4 rebounds
- Devin Gibson, UTSA, 2008, 3.32 steals
- Hassan Whiteside, Marshall, 2010, 5.35 blocks
- Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 2012, 4.65 blocks
- Chris Obekpa, St. John’s, 2013, 4.03 blocks