Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn did some analysis of the performance of elite freshman players and it basically shows what many have suspected - outstanding big men are very very rare. Once you get outside of top ten ranked recruits, the performance of the top power forwards and centers drops off dramatically.
On the other hand, it’s the wing players, both forwards and guards, at the bottom of the top 100 who are the contributors. Those are the players that PSU seems to focus their recruiting efforts on and perhaps there’s some method to their madness.
Read the whole article here.