This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
For people that do not live on the West Coast, it can sometimes be tough to stay up and watch the stars of the Pacific. It doesn't help if your humble narrator is getting old and likes to go to sleep early. Yet, for the fans of Freshman Haze, there is no game that is on too late to watch. There are plenty of excellent freshmen to consider on the West Coast. We'll take a look at seven of them before scouring the rest of the country again next week.
DeAndre Ayton (F)
By the end of the season, we may look back at the Battle 4 Atlantis and wonder if the Wildcats were suffering from a collective bout of food poisoning. The team fell apart in losses to North Carolina State, SMU, and Purdue, but none of those losses could be blamed on the 7-foot-1 Ayton. He has brought the goods and appears increasingly comfortable in coach Sean Miller's offense. The forward opened the season with five straight double-doubles and has not been held below 13 points and eight rebounds. He helped the Wildcats beat UNLV and fellow frosh phenom Brandon McCoy (ugh) with 28 points and 10 rebounds in the overtime win on Saturday. Ayton may be tailor made for Pac-12 play.
McKinley Wright IV (G)
Wright earned the starting spot prior to the season and does not appear interested in giving up now or forever. The 6-0 guard has provided the Buffaloes with perimeter support by knocking