This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
Freshmen come to school with a variety of expectations. It seems like many live up to the hype, but there are many that are just glossed over in preseason publications. When established teammates get hurt or do not play well, the young guys can bubble up and take a spot in the rotation. In this mid-January edition of the Freshman Haze, we examine a septet of first-year players that were seen as big pieces for this season (Coleman, Wilkes) or could be worth a look as future players (Lee, Porter, DeJesus). Most of the seven players have had their moments this season, particularly recently.
Matt Coleman (G)
After struggling with point guard play last season, the Longhorns thought they had the solution when they brought Coleman in. The 6-foot-2 guard was highly regarded after playing at Oak Hill Academy. He has been able to lead the Texas offense with 5.0 assists, but he has proved to be a terrible shooter. Coleman is hitting just 37.4 percent from the field and 23.1 percent on 3-pointers. The guard has played well against conference opponents and had 17 points and 12 assists in the overtime win against TCU. Even a mild uptick in shooting would make Coleman one of the better young guards in the Big 12.
Kris Wilkes (G)
The Bruins had a clear national identity last season: they were running and gunning with Lonzo Ball at the point. This season, they are more of a conventional team that can beat teams