This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of many. It is the one time of the year in which moderation is thrown out the window. People gobble down turkey, stuff themselves with stuffing and cram cranberries into their gullets. In the end, we are big, which is why I decided to look at the top freshmen bigs this week in the Haze. These players are the best youngsters at cleaning their glass plates, as it were. Only one of the seven qualifies at center, but the rest are useful in a wide variety of leagues.
Miles Bridges, forward, Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans have already dropped an unfathomable three games. They have also had one of the toughest schedule in terms of both opponent and travel. Bridges looks like he will be the star of the team and has used his incredible athleticism to grab 8.7 rebounds to go along with a team-high 17.4 points. While bouncy dunkers are commonly compared to Vince Carter, the player that Bridges reminds me of is Dayton forward Chris Wright. Bridges is a better shooter than Wright, but both have eye-popping hops. Michigan State has had some one-and-dones. You can expect the 6-foot-7 Bridges to be the next.
T.J. Leaf, forward, UCLA Bruins
Much like Lonzo Ball, I did not expect the 6-10 Leaf to get enough offensive opportunities to be a fantasy player on a team that already boasted Bryce Alford, Aaron Holiday and Isaac Hamilton. I was wrong with both Bruin frosh. Leaf is