The DII men’s basketball season continues to march forward to the NCAA tournament. These seven freshmen have made a big impact thus far and will help their teams play deep into March if they keep it up.Keep in mind this isn’t listing the best freshmen in DII basketball, although some of these names are certainly in the conversation. Instead, it is a look at the freshmen making their presence felt on teams that are pushing for the NCAA tournament.
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Trevor Hudgins, Northwest Missouri State
The Bearcats lost three big-time scorers after last season, but have shown no ill effects thus far, sitting at 16-0 on the season. That’s in large part thanks to their redshirt-freshman guard who is scoring 18.4 points per game and is leading the MIAA with 6.2 assists per game. Hudgins went through a quick rough patch, shooting 28 percent over a two-game stretch in early January while only scoring 17 combined points, but looks right back on track. The Bearcats have a solid starting five, and as long as Hudgins is running the floor, they are in good hands.
JT Shumate, Walsh
Walsh is in third place in the G-MAC, sitting at 10-6 overall, so the opportunity of playing in March is certainly still in the cards. The freshman forward is leading the way for the Cavaliers. Shumate is scoring a team-best 18.9 points and ripping down 6.2 rebounds a game. The Cavaliers have a win over second-place Hillsdale and lost to conference-leading Findlay by one point, a game in which Shumate scored a game-high 26 points. He and the Cavaliers have shown they can hang with anyone and look like a team to watch down the stretch in the G-MAC.
#GreatMidwestMBB 🏀 Weekly Honor:JT Shumate (@WalshCavsHoops)25 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 bpg, 61.3 FG%; 30 pts, 9 reb, 6 …