This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Let the Chet Holmgren hype train begin. The No. 1 recruit in the land showed off his dynamic game Tuesday against hapless Dixie State. The seven-footer collected 14 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and seven blocks in a memorable debut, as the 'Zags win in a landslide, 97-63. Holmgren's unique skill set was on full display; he has the height and shot-blocking prowess of a center, but the handle and vision of a point guard. Not to mention he can shoot more than a little bit, too. Paolo Banchero of Duke and Emoni Bates of Memphis headline an ultra-talented freshman class along with Holmgren, but the Gonzaga neophyte may be in a class of his own.
Let's take an extremely early look at some notable names and performances in this edition of the College Hoops Barometer.
Julian Champagnie, F, St. John's – Champagnie was a unanimous selection for All-Big East Preseason First Team, though ceded Preseason Conference Player of the Year to Collin Gillespie of Villanova. Regardless, Champagnie appears poised for a monstrous campaign after deciding to return to the Johnnies instead of turning pro. He led the conference in scoring last season, averaging 19.8 points per contest. He's a matchup nightmare for the opposition, listed as a guard though standing 6-8 and pulling down 7.4 boards per tilt. With Posh Alexander as his running mate, St. John's has a great chance to win its first NCAA Tournament game since 2000. Champagnie scored 20 points in 20 minutes