Resetting the Year of the Freshman

Valleys: Despite his talent, Wiggins isn't assertive by nature and sometimes needs prodding from Jayhawks coach Bill Self. That explains how he could score just three points and have two rebounds and end up benched against Oklahoma State.

Key stat: Wiggins' scoring (13.6 PPG) is slightly down, but his rebounding (7.8) since Big 12 play began is up.

Preseason quotable: "So much of what is perceived of him, if he didn't get 22 a night or whatever it is, it will be not successful. Well, that may not happen. But he can impact in ways to help us win far more so than maybe anybody I've ever coached. I hope people do cut him some slack from a production standpoint. I think the expectation should be high. I think that there should be hype. But comparing some of the guys that they've compared him to I don't think is fair because those guys come around once in a lifetime." -- Kansas coach Bill Self on Oct. 22.

In-season quotable: "He (Wiggins) never got lost today. He was able to put his hand print all over the possessions and create opportunities for himself and others. I just thought he played the way that he should play every game. I don't think that he's not going to score 19 in a half every game, obviously, but I thought that without question he didn't do anything tonight that he couldn't do in any other game." -- Self on Saturday after Wiggins scored 27 in their win over TCU.

Aaron Gordon, Arizona

12.0 PPG | 7.9 RPG

Peaks: Gordon leads Arizona and all Pac-12 freshmen with 7.8 rebounds per game. He's arguably the Wildcats' most consistent player, with six double-doubles in scoring and rebounding. His 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals helped avoid an upset against San Diego State. He also had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists against Duke.

Valleys: Gordon showed his mortality, going 2-of-10 against UNLV and 3-of-13 against Utah, whose front line consistently denied him at the rim. Gordon hasn't made a 3-point attempt since Dec. 19 against Southern. (He's 0-for-6 during that span.)

Key stat: Gordon can affect a game without scoring. In that same win over Utah, when he couldn't buy a basket, he still had 12 rebounds and a key blocked shot that ignited a 16-2 run that broke the game open.

Preseason quotable: "He's a very easy guy to deal with because his greatest strength isn't his ability as a basketball player. To me, his greatest gift that he's given his teammates and us is that he's an incredibly hard worker. He's extremely focused. He's somebody that is tireless in his own approach to be great." -- Arizona coach Sean Miller on Oct. 17.

In-season quotable: "I thought he got frustrated at the beginning, I don't see him get frustrated very much. He had a couple things not go his way, missed his first two free throws. But he got right back on track. The value of Aaron Gordon, you could really see (against Utah) in that he had 12 rebounds, seven offensive rebounds… it is difficult but that's who he is, he has a way of continuing to move towards that next play." -- Miller after Sunday's win over Utah.

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