Ben Simmons has been called the best pure basketball prospect to come along since LeBron James. Such a proclamation hardly guarantees NBA success. However, it's hard to ignore, given the influx of talented one-and-done phenoms -- as NBA commissioner Adam Silver discussed with HuffPost -- we've seen in the college hoops landscape over the past decade, including Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Andrew Wiggins, John Wall and Kyrie Irving.
While his prodigious gifts may warrant the incessant praise, Simmons is a work in progress, as are his freshmen counterparts. You can argue that few have lived up to the enormous hype bestowed on them before the season began. And yet, that hardly nullifies the immense talent this class has displayed, albeit less frequently then expected.
Here are the top 22 college basketball freshmen in America.
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