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Charting the freshmen: A look at how the top basketball recruits from the class of 2015 are doing so far this season

Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray is leading the Wildcats in scoring so far this season with 16.7 points per game. He was the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2015 recruiting class.
Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray is leading the Wildcats in scoring so far this season with 16.7 points per game. He was the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2015 recruiting class. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

The college basketball recruiting class of 2015 has been underwhelming — for the most part — so far this season, with many of the country’s top-rated freshmen struggling to get adjusted to the next level.

Still, plenty of highly touted newcomers are putting up big numbers — most notably, Louisiana State’s Ben Simmons — and the most recent DraftExpress.com mock draft for 2016 places seven freshmen among the top 10 picks.

Here’s a look at how the top 25 players from the class of 2015 (according to the 247Sports composite rankings) are doing this season, along with stats for UK and Louisville freshmen outside of the top 25:

Charting the top recruits from the class of 2015

Rk

Player

School

MPG

PPG

RPG

Other stats

Team rank

1

Ben Simmons

LSU

33.8

19.1

13.1

5.8 apg

NR

2

Skal Labissiere

Kentucky

20.6

9.2

3.6

1.9 bpg

10

3

Brandon Ingram

Duke

28.6

14.9

5.4

35.6% threes, 17 blocks

15

4

Jaylen Brown

Cal

26.1

14.3

5.4

41.5% FGs

NR

5

Cheick Diallo

Kansas

11.2

6.5

3.3

6 GP

2

6

Diamond Stone

Maryland

18.3

10.7

4.6

54.0% FGs

4

7

Ivan Rabb

Cal

26.8

12.4

8.8

66.3% FGs, 1.8 bpg

NR

8

Malik Newman

Miss. St.

28.0

13.1

3.1

36.9% threes, 2.2 apg

NR

9

Henry Ellenson

Marquette

30.8

16.8

9.8

45.1% FGs, 2.6 apg

NR

10

Jamal Murray

Kentucky

33.1

16.7

4.5

39.0% threes

10

11

Stephen Zimmerman

UNLV

22.3

9.5

7.5

1.8 bpg

NR

12

Isaiah Briscoe

Kentucky

30.4

11.5

5.6

3.1 apg

10

13

Allonzo Trier

Arizona

25.7

13.7

3.2

34.1% threes

8

14

Derryck Thornton

Duke

26.6

9.1

1.9

2.9 apg

15

15

Chase Jeter

Duke

8.9

2.3

2.2

9 GP

15

16

Antonio Blakeney

LSU

30.4

10.8

3.4

30.5% threes

NR

17

Dwayne Bacon

Florida St.

27.1

17.2

5.4

52.6% FGs, 25.8% threes

NR

18

Caleb Swanigan

Purdue

27.6

11.3

9.2

2.5 apg

14

19

Ray Smith

Arizona

Torn ACL

8

20

Thomas Bryant

Indiana

22.7

12.2

5.2

72.0% FGs

NR

21

Luke Kennard

Duke

21.6

10.5

3.2

27.1% threes

15

22

Jalen Brunson

Villanova

25.4

10.7

2.2

32.0% threes, 3.1 apg

16

23

Jalen Adams

UConn

20.6

6.0

2.5

2.5 apg

NR

24

Carlton Bragg

Kansas

12.0

5.0

3.1

59.1% FGs

2

25

P.J. Dozier

South Carolina

20.5

8.4

4.0

2.1 apg

24

30

Donovan Mitchell

Louisville

19.5

7.8

4.0

2.2 apg

18

36

Deng Adel

Louisville

12.4

3.8

2.0

5 GP

18

43

Ray Spalding

Louisville

16.1

6.0

4.8

62.3% FGs

18

50

Isaac Humphries

Kentucky

11.3

3.3

2.5

6 GP

10

59

Charles Matthews

Kentucky

15.0

3.3

1.9

8 steals

10

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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