College Hoops Barometer: Opening Night Edition

College Hoops Barometer: Opening Night Edition

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.

UPGRADE

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

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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