This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
When putting together the seven players for the week's Freshman Haze, I don't usually try to put together a team. I just go with the hottest players from the various segments of college basketball. This week, I think I could put a competitive squad on the court with the seven players. Marcus LoVett would be the point guard, so he'd have to sacrifice some of his offense to set up scorers like Jared Harper and Mike Lewis. Justin Patton would anchor the frontcourt with Grant Williams and Isiaha Mike next to him. It would definitely be a squad with potential. I, of course, would coach this team and we might make the second round of the NIT. Dare to dream!
Grant Williams, forward, Tennessee Volunteers
At the next level, 6-foot-5 forwards are few and far between. Maybe Charles Barkley was the last truly undersized forward who was effective. Williams is a throwback as a 6-5, 234, forward who has shown he can be effective in the paint. He had his best game on Dec. 15 in the win over Lipscomb with 30 points on 10-of-12 from the field. Fouls have been an issue for Williams and he has fouled out twice, most recently against Florida on Saturday in a game in which he finished with six points and one rebound. Williams is averaging 10.5 points on 55.8 percent from the field and 5.5 rebounds.
Marcus LoVett, guard, St. John's Red Storm
The 2015-16 Red Storm would have been more competitive