CBSSports.com Ranks Portis in Group of Nation’s Top Freshmen

This season could be one of the better for incoming freshmen in college basketball history. CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello lumps Arkansas freshman forward Bobby Portis into a list of the better frosh this season, albeit at the bottom.NWA Media/Andy Shupe Bobby Portis ranks in Top 30 of college basketball freshmen.

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Bobby Portis ranks in Top 30 of college basketball freshmen.

Portis, a McDonald’s All-American from Little Rock Hall, is No. 28 on the list of 30. He is the second-lowest ranked SEC player, just in front of Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones (29).
According to Borzello’s list, there are eight SEC freshmen better than Portis. Five of them play for Kentucky.
Borzello mentions that “it would be a surprise not to see Portis get big minutes immediately” but probably underestimates how big of an impact Portis could make. There is plenty of room for Portis not only to play, but to star, for the 2013-14 Hogs. There isn’t a player returning that has the credentials to be considered a “go-to” option.
Portis is a candidate to fill that role because of his versatility, length and athleticism. It depends on how easy he transitions from high school to Division I, but he could be have some of the better statistics of any of the SEC freshmen by season’s end.
I also think how well he plays will go al long way in determining if Arkansas lands a post-season bid.