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A look at the Pac-12’s top freshmen

From Pullman — Arizona's Aaron Gordon entered college with considerably more hype than any other first-year player and as the presumptive favorite for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. But does he really mean more to his team than UCLA's Zach LaVine or Washington's Nigel Williams-Goss? Where would WSU be without Que Johnson?

Gordon is probably still the frontrunner for FOY based on his status as a key contributor on the Pac-12's (and nation's?) best team, but his numbers imply that it's not a lock. Let's take a look at the best freshman on each team's key stats, after the jump.

  • Arizona: Aaron Gordon; 21 games, 21 starts, 30.6 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 7.9 rbg, 
  • Arizona State: Egor Koulechov; 20 games, 7 starts, 17.4 mpg, 4.4 ppg, 3.3 rbg
  • Cal: Jordan Matthews; 20 games, 9 starts, 20.5 mpg, 9.5 ppg, 2.6 rbg
  • Colorado: Gordon Wesley; 19 games, 19 starts, 25.6 mpg, 6.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg
  • Oregon: Theo Friedman; 9 games, 0 starts, 2.6 mpg, 0.7 ppg, 0.1 rpg
  • Oregon State: Hallice Cook; 19 games, 5 starts, 21.2 mpg, 6.6 ppg, 52% on 3fga
  • Stanford, Marcus Allen; 17 games, 0 starts, 8.2 mpg, 2.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg
  • UCLA, Zach LaVine; 20 games, 0 starts, 25.8 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 47% on 3fga
  • USC, Nikola Jovanovic, 20 games, 16 starts, 21.3 mpg, 9.1 ppg, 4.7 rbg
  • Utah, Kenneth Ogbe, 17 games, 0 starts, 9.4 mpg, 3.8 ppg, 1.0 rbg
  • Washington, Nigel Williams-Goss, 21 games, 21 starts, 33.1 mpg, 13.0 ppg, 4.1 apg
  • Washington State, Que Johnson, 20 games, 9 starts, 24.6 mpg, 10.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg

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