By Eric G Satterwhite
HoopsAddict.com initiates its player honor roll with the National All-Freshman team and Newcomer Coach of the Year. Hoops Addict will take the traditional approach by naming two forwards, two guards, and a center for it’s first, second, and third team.
Our National All-Freshman team feature three sets of teammates and two unheralded frosh players in Jeremy Wise of Southern Mississippi and Stephen Curry of Davidson who shined despite playing in the shadow of a bevy of newcomer stalwarts. The Pac-10 Conference has the hugest representation with four players and also fielded the Newcomer Coach of the Year in Tony Bennett of Washington State University. Bennett in his first ever-Head Coaching job led typically moribund Washington State beyond expectations and the NCAA tournament. The Big Ten Conference and ACC each fielded three players to our All-Frosh squads.
2006-07 HoopsAddict.com National All-Freshman 1st Team
Forward Kevin Durant 6-9 Texas
Forward Brandon Wright 6-10 North Carolina
Center Greg Oden 7-0 Ohio State
Guard D.J. Augustin 6-2 Texas
Guard Mike Conley 6-1 Ohio State
2006-07 HoopsAddict.com National All-Freshman 2nd Team
Forward Ryan Anderson 6-9 California
Forward Chase Budinger 6-5 Arizona
Center Steven Hawes 7-0 Washington
Guard Jeremy Wise 6-2 Southern Mississippi
Guard Stephen Curry 6-0 Davidson
2006-07 HoopsAddict.com National All-Freshman 3rd Team
Forward Tyler Smith 6-7 Iowa
Forward Brandon Costner 6-9 North Carolina State
Center Brook Lopez 7-0 Stanford
Guard Ty Lawson 6-1 North Carolina
Guard Patrick Beverly 6-1 Arkansas
2006-07 HoopsAddict.com Newcomer Coach of the Year
Tony Bennett, Washington State
Stay tuned for the Hoops Addict All-American team, National Player of the Year, and National Coach of the Year.