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November 6, 2007
Instant impact: Freshmen in the spotlight
If you want to see the best young players in college basketball this season, you're going to have to stay up late. Either that, or buy a DVR.
Four of Rivals.com's top-10 impact freshmen hail from the Pac-10. USC's O.J. Mayo, UCLA's Kevin Love, Arizona's Jerryd Bayless and Arizona State's James Harden (each five-star recruits) will be playing the bulk of their games in the Pacific time zone.
The Big 12 is the only other conference with multiple selections, landing two on our list. When compiling this collection of newcomers, we focused on which freshmen will play the biggest roles in 2007-08, not necessarily the ones with the brightest futures. The ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA and SEC also are represented.