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Janie Harris | NCAA.com | December 20, 2016

Five freshman stat leaders in key categories

  UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball is second in DI basketball for assists per game.

While some freshmen spend their first year focusing on getting off the bench and stepping onto the court, others are immediately thrown into the game and make an impact.

Now that we are more than a month into basketball season, some freshman have risen near the top of the leaderboard in certain statistics. These are the freshman who are leading some major stat categories among other first-year players in their first year of college ball:

Markelle Fultz

Kentucky freshman Malik Monk, who stunned UNC on Saturday by posting 47 points in the Wildcats’ 103-100 win, is averaging 21.9 points per game, which falls just behind Washington’s freshman Markelle Fultz. Fultz puts up 23.2 points per game to lead DI freshmen and is at at No. 7 overall. Monk is the next freshman behind him, overall leading at No. 18.

Lonzo Ball

Basketball fans began talking about Lonzo Ball long before he stepped onto the court this season. While he averages just 14.3 points per game, he plays unselfishly, averaging 8.7 assists per game. With 104 assists under his belt, Ball comes in at No. 2 overall in assists per game and No.1 among his class. 

Bryce Aiken

Freshman guard Bryce Aiken leads freshmen in free-throw percentage, coming in at No. 9 in all of DI hoops. So far, he has impacted the Crimson by averaging 12.4 points a game, while playing in all but one game this season.

Justin Patton

While Justin Patton is not a true freshman, he still is another first-year baller leading as a redshirt freshman. He comes in at No. 3 overall for field-goal percentage and averages 11.8 points per game.

Luwane Pipkins

Luwane Pipkins leads defensively, coming in at No. 4 overall with his 3.27 steals per game. This season, he accumulated 36 steals and was recently named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week.

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