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December 25, 2007

Calathes shines at multiple spots for Gators

The Rivals.com Five-Star Freshman Tracker is a look at how the top players in the Class of 2007 Rivals150 are faring in college. It will be updated each Tuesday throughout basketball season.

This Week's Featured Five-Star Freshman
Guys are being described as "all-court players" too often.

If there's a player who deserves the label it's gifted Florida freshman Nick Calathes. At 6 feet 6, 185 pounds, he already has played the point guard, shooting guard and small forward positions for the Gators. What's more, he has handled each with aplomb.

He has scored 20 or more points four times. He has had at least eight assists on four occasions as well, and he has had at least eight rebounds in a game three times. He can step out and hit the 3-pointer (at least three 3s three times) or be content running Florida's offense from the point.

Perhaps most importantly, on the couple of occasions when he has not played well the Orlando-area prep star has bounced back with a big game. That doesn't bode well for Temple, Florida's next opponent on Dec. 29.

Rivals.com Five-star Freshman Tracker
1. Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Season Averages: 26.3 ppg, 14 rpg
The Buzz: Beasley established a career high with 40 points in a 90-48 blowout of Winston Salem State.
2. Eric Gordon, Indiana
Season Averages: 23.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
The Buzz: Gordon had his worst shooting night so far (2-for-13) in a rout of Coppin State, but he made all 10 of his free throws to finish with 15 points.
3. Derrick Rose, Memphis
Season Averages: 15.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg
The Buzz: Rose had his best week in a month, averaging 22 ppg and six apg in victories over Cincinnati and Georgetown.
4. O.J. Mayo, USC
Season Averages: 19.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 apg
The Buzz: Mayo posted 18 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in a 78-55 whipping of Cal Poly.
5. Kyle Singler, Duke
Season Averages: 13.4 ppg, 6 rpg
The Buzz: Singler performed well in the overtime loss to Pittsburgh, with 17 points and five rebounds.
6. Kevin Love, UCLA
Season Averages: 16.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg
The Buzz: In victories over Western Illinois and Michigan Love averaged 16.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg, including 16 boards against the Wolverines.
7. Bill Walker, Kansas State
Season Averages: 12.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg
The Buzz: Walker had nine points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes in the victory over Winston Salem.
8. DeAndre Jordan, Texas A&M
Season Averages: 9.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg
The Buzz: Jordan had his best week, averaging 13 ppg and 6.5 rpg and shooting 85.7 percent (12 of 14) in easy Aggies wins over Detroit and UC Irvine.
9. Donte Greene, Syracuse
Season Averages: 18.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg
The Buzz: Greene had an up-and-down week, posting 26 points and five rebounds in a win over Colgate but scoring only 11 on 4-for-16 shooting in a win over Cornell.
10. J.J. Hickson, N.C. State
Season Averages: 17.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg
The Buzz: Hickson had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in a narrow victory over Davidson.
11. James Harden, Arizona State
Season Averages: 16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg
The Buzz: Harden had 17 points in each of the Sun Devils' victories last week, and he shot 56.5 percent (13 of 23).
12. Anthony Randolph, LSU
Season Averages: 13.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg
The Buzz: Randolph had a rough week as the Tigers split a pair of games. Randolph shot just 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) and averaged 10 ppg and six rpg.
13. Jerryd Bayless, Arizona
Season Averages: 18.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.2 rpg
The Buzz: UNLV locked up Bayless (2-for-10 shooting, season-low eight points), but he bounced back with 15 points against San Diego State.
14. Nick Calathes, Florida
Season Averages: 14.8 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.6 rpg
The Buzz: As good as Calathes was in an early week win over Charleston Southern (18 points, nine rebounds, five assists) he was bad against Ohio State on Saturday (four points on 1-for-9 shooting).
15. Austin Freeman, Georgetown
Season Averages: 9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
The Buzz: Freeman was one of the few Hoyas to exceed his season averages in a loss to Memphis, going for 14 points and four rebounds.
16. Kosta Koufos, Ohio State
Season Averages: 15.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg
The Buzz: Koufos had a productive week, averaging 16.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg in victories over Cleveland State and Florida.
17. Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
Season Averages: 17.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg
The Buzz: Patterson returned after missing an early week loss to Houston with an injured ankle to post season highs in points (24) and rebounds (15) in a blowout of Tennessee Tech.
18. Mac Koshwal, DePaul
Season Averages: 10.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg
The Buzz: Koshwal was right around his averages during the Blue Demons' trip to the San Juan Shootout: He averaged 10.7 ppg and eight rebounds per game.
19. Chandler Parsons, Florida
Season Averages: 10.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg
The Buzz: Parsons averaged eight points and four boards. He shot 40 percent (6-for-15) as the Gators split a pair of games last week.
20. Craig Brackins, Iowa State
Season Averages: 12.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg
The Buzz: Brackins averaged 12 ppg and just 3.5 rpg as the Cyclones beat Texas Southern handily and escaped with a three-point win over Purdue.
21. Jamelle Horne, Arizona
Season Averages: 5.1 ppg, 3 rpg
The Buzz: Horne isn't playing much and consequently isn't putting up any numbers. He averaged 3.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 12.5 mpg last week.
22. Jonny Flynn, syracuse
Season Averages: 14.8 ppg, 6.2 apg
The Buzz: Flynn averaged 16.5 ppg, 5 apg and 2.5 spg as the Orange blasted Colgate and Cornell.
23. Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
Season Averages: 13.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg
The Buzz: Griffin delivered in a big win over Gonzaga, posting his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
24. Solomon Alabi, Florida State
Season Averages: 3.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg
The Buzz: Alabi hasn't been much of a factor for the Seminoles. He played 13 minutes in each of their two games last week and scored four points in each.
25. Austin Daye, Gonzaga
Season Averages: 11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg
The Buzz: Daye did little in the loss to Oklahoma, scoring just two points on 1-for-4 shooting with six rebounds.
26. Beas Hamga, UNLV
Season Averages: Redshirting this season
The Buzz: N/A
27. Corey Fisher, Villanova
Season Averages: 11.3 ppg, 3.3 apg
The Buzz: Fisher had seven points and five assists in an easy win over Columbia.
28. Corey Stokes, Villanova
Season Averages: 3.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg
The Buzz: Stokes had seven points and tied his season high with five rebounds in the win over Columbia

The Rivals.com Five-Star Freshman Tracker is a look at how the top players in the Class of 2007 Rivals150 are faring in college. It will be updated each Tuesday throughout basketball season.



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