March 7, 2005
Freshmen play significant roles in college basketball every year.
But this season, there were questions about just what could be expected of this rookie crop, especially after eight high school players were taken in the first round of last June's NBA draft.
The questions didn't last long, however, as freshmen across the nation proved to be invaluable to their teams. Some even proved to be among the best players in their respective conferences.
With so many newcomers playing at such a high level during the course of the regular season, picking the 2004-05 Rivals.com Freshman All-America Team was no easy task.
The team is highlighted by a handful of talented point guards, players who stepped into the college game and took the reigns right away for their respective schools, as well as a several key frontcourt players who provided scoring and rebounding for their teams.
As for a conference breakdown, the SEC led the way with four players making the first second or third team, while the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Conference USA and Pac-10 each had two selections.
On Tuesday, Rivals.com will release its choice for National Freshman of the Year, but the following are the Rivals.com 2004-05 Freshman All-America teams.
Rivals.com Freshman All-America First Team
Glen Davis, 6-9, forward, LSU
A man in the paint, Davis bulled his way to averages of 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the NCAA tournament-bound Tigers. He also shot 51 percent from the floor.
Jordan Farmar, 6-2, guard, UCLA
Stepped in at the point for the injured Cedric Bozeman and averaged 13.5 points, 5.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game to help put UCLA in great shape for an NCAA tourney bid.
Daniel Gibson, 6-2, guard, Texas
Gibson has been a constant for the Longhorns, who had plenty of adversity to overcome in posting a 20-win regular season, averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Darius Washington Jr., 6-2, guard, Memphis
A pure scorer at the point, Washington poured in 15.6 points per game, reaching double figures in the Tigers' last 18 regular-season tilts. He also averaged 3.9 boards and 3.4 assists.
Marvin Williams, 6-9, forward, North Carolina
Arguably the nation's most talented rookie, Williams averaged 11.3 points and 6.5 boards in just 22 minutes per game. He also shot 52 percent from the floor and 84 percent from the line.
Rivals.com Freshman All-America Second Team
Aaron Bruce, 6-3, guard, Baylor
It was a tough year for the Bears, but Bruce emerged as a star in the Big 12. He led all freshmen nationally with 18.4 points per game and also averaged 3.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds.
Rudy Gay, 6-9, forward, Connecticut
Silky smooth and versatile, Gay averaged nearly 12 points, six boards, two assists and two blocks for a Huskies team that could be a sleeper in the NCAA tourney.
Jeff Green, 6-8, forward, Georgetown
The unheralded Green did it all for the Hoyas, averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 blocks and a steal per game, while playing 34 minutes per contest.
Sean Singletary, 6-0, guard, Virginia
Singletary more than held his own in the ACC against the best collection of point guards in the nation. He averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
D.J. White, 6-9, forward, Indiana
The Hoosiers' reversal of fortune this season was a result of White's emergence. He averaged 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field.
Rivals.com Freshman All-America Third Team
Toney Douglas, 6-1, guard, Auburn
While his productivity dropped off slightly late in the season, Douglas still managed to average 16.6 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Tigers, while playing 35 minutes per game.
Malik Hariston, 6-6, forward, Oregon
Hariston was among the most heavily recruited players in the country a year ago and he showed why by averaging 13.1 points, five rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Ducks.
Chris Lofton, 6-2, guard, Tennessee
One of the best shooters in the country regardless of class, Lofton made 89 triples and shot 47 percent from 3-point land en route to averaging 13.6 points per game for the Vols.
Juan Palacios, 6-8, forward, Louisville
With the skills to play on the interior or perimeter, Palacios made a big splash in his first year for the Cardinals, averaging nearly 10 points and six boards per game.
Rajon Rondo, 6-1, guard, Kentucky
Rondo's eight points, four assists and three boards don't tell the story of what he's meant to the Wildcats. He's also one of the nation's top defenders and averaged 2.6 steals per game.
Honorable Mention: Arron Afflalo (UCLA), Jaycee Carroll (Utah State); JamesOn Curry (Oklahoma State); Cliff Hammonds (Clemson); Joseph Jones (Texas A&M); Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky); Joe McCray (Nebraska); Gabe Pruitt (USC); Richard Roby (Colorado); Ron Steele (Alabama); Bryce Taylor (Oregon); Darian Townes (Arkansas); Martin Zeno (Texas Tech).