Aside from my alma mater's dreadful performance in a home exhibition game against Indianapolis, it was an absolute pleasure to wake up and peruse some college hoops box scores this morning.
Certainly, the Rhode Island-Pitt game was the only one of somewhat evenly matched opponents, but that didn't mean that some sophomores haven't already made their mark.
Jordan Williams, Maryland
The big fellas has a lot on his broad shoulders heading into his sophomore season. And in his debut, he did not disappoint. He dropped 17 points and 15 rebounds on 6-10 shooting from the floor.
Jordan Hamilton, Texas
The highly touted freshman wasn't great but wasn't bad in his freshman year (that was just the entire Longhorn team last year). But he exploded in game one of his sophomore season. He hit 10 of 17 from the floor including three 3-pointers for 26 points. He added 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Paul came off the bench last night to drop 18 points (6-8 from 3), 2 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals, a block and no turnovers. This team is deep, long and can shoot the rock. If the Bruce Weber defense rounds into form, this is a Big Ten title team.