Cardinal Basketball

Samuell Williamson: Louisville’s Best Freshman Since Who?

Chris Humphrey

Forgive me for getting a little ahead of myself, but I think Samuell Williamson is the real deal.

As early as it is in his college career, I’ve seen enough to know that Williamson has a chance to become one of Louisville’s best freshman in quite some time. Production aside, the Texas native passes the eye test with flying colors and entered the program with impressive credentials.

It’s way too early to assume Williamson will be Louisville’s first one-and-done player, but he might be the closest we’ve ever had. FWIW, NBADraft.net has Williamson projected to be the 17th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Louisville is one of eight college basketball programs with at least ten Final Four appearances. They’re the only one of the eight that has yet to produce a one-and-done player since high school players became ineligible in 2006.

1-and-Done Players Since 2006

Kentucky: 26

Duke: 16

Kansas: 8

UCLA: 8

Ohio State: 6

North Carolina: 4

Michigan State: 2

Louisville: 0

For as much success as the Louisville basketball program has had over the last twenty years, rarely were true freshmen big factors in the success.

Williamson has a chance to be Louisville’s best freshman in quite some time. Three games doesn’t give you a whole lot of data, but Williamson is off to a great start.

Freshman Averages: 11.3 PPG, 5 RBS, 2.3 AST in 23.3 MPG

Per 40 Minutes Average: 19.4 PPG, 8.6 RBS, 4.0 AST

Here are the former players who played at least 20 minutes per game as true freshman and had a somewhat significant role over the past 20 years.

Reece Gaines – 1999-00

Freshman Averages: 9.1 PTS, 3.4 AST, 3.3 RBS in 29.7 MPG

Per 40 Minute Averages: 12.1 PTS, 4.5 AST, 4.4 RBS, 2.5 STL

Francisco Garcia – 2002-03

Freshman Averages: 11.2 PTS, 3.0 RBS in 21.9 MPG

Per 40 Minute Averages: 20.6 PTS, 5.4 RBS, 3.9 AST, 2.3 BLK, 1.6 STL

Taquan Dean – 2002-03

Freshman Averages: 8.8 PTS, 3.4 RBS in 24.4 MPG

Per 40 Minute Averages: 14.4 PTS. 5.5 RBS, 2.6 AST

Juan Palacios – 2004-05

Freshman Averages: 9.7 PTS, 6.5 RBS in 27 MPG

Per 40 Minute Averages: 14.4 PTS, 9.6 RBS, 1.6 STL

Terrence Williams – 2005-06

Freshman Averages: 8 PTS, 4.7 RBS, 2.1 AST, 1.0 STL in 25.1 MPG

Per 40 Minute Averages: 13.5 PTS, 7.5 RBS, 3.4 AST, 1.6 STL

Edgar Sosa – 2006-07

Freshman Averages: 11.4 PTS, 2.6 AST in 25.2 MPG

Per 40 Minute Averages: 18.1 PTS, 4.2 AST, 2.1 STL

Samardo Samuels – 2008-09

Freshman Averages: 11.8 PTS, 4.9 RBS 1.3 BLK in 25.1 MPG

Per 40 Minute Averages: 18.8 PTS, 7.8 RBS, 2.1 BLK

Chane Behanan – 2011-12

Freshman Averages: 9.5 PPG, 7.5 RBS in 26 MPG

Per 40 Minuets Averages: 14.6 PTS, 11.5 RBS, 1.2 STL

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