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October 26, 2006
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Without hyperbole, it's fair to say this will be one of the best freshman classes of all time.
Why such bombast? Because this class has no escapees. The NBA closed the hatch.
This is the first group affected by the NBA age restriction, meaning no one was able to jump directly from the prep ranks to the league. In the past five years, 26 high school players have been taken in the NBA Draft, and 19 of them were first-round picks.
There is little doubt this class had some players who could have and would have gone to the NBA. Instead, college basketball fans get to enjoy them ? for at least one season. Good luck talking them into longer stays on campus.
Here are the Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason Freshman All-American teams: