Ranking college basketball’s best freshmen: Kentucky’s Cason Wallace earns Freshman of the Week honors


We’re seven weeks deep into the 2022-23 college basketball season, six weeks deep into the Frosh Watch and today announcing our sixth separate winner of this week’s Freshman of the Week — Kentucky’s Cason Wallace. It’s a sign of just how much great young talent the sport is enjoying this season.

Our weekly freshmen rankings have had a lot of mainstays in the top five with Brandon Miller of Alabama and Gradey Dick of Kansas separating themselves as the clear top two in the early going this season, but we’ve had plenty of turnover, too, with GG Jackson of South Carolina coming into his own, Wallace flashing moments of stardom and plenty of others pushing for inclusion.

The sport is in great shape and getting better as first-year players across the country slowly and consistently grow into bigger roles, which makes whittling our list down to just five every week a near-impossible task. But David Cobb and I have each cast our own ballots and landed on a fresh five for the week. So let’s dive into this week’s results by introducing Wallace for his first weekly honor as Freshman of the Week.

Freshman of the Week: Cason Wallace, Kentucky

Welcome back to the Frosh Watch, our weekly ranking of the five most impressive freshmen in college basketball. CBS Sports has once again teamed up with the United States Basketball Writers Association and its Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award to present this every-Tuesday feature. Each week we’ll start by announcing the national Freshman of the Week honoree. The cycle for FOTW runs Tuesday-Monday.

Kentucky’s offense this season has been painful and bordering on malpractice given the talent on the roster, but Wallace has been one of the few bright spots. That continued this week as he poured in a career-high 27 points in a 20-point win over Florida A&M. Wallace went 10-of-15 shooting from the field, 5 of 6 from 3-point range and tied a…Source www.cbssports.com

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