Cal’s Jabari Bird, with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and zero turnovers on Friday night, wasn’t the only ballyhooed freshman to deliver an impressive debut.
Here’s what a few of the other elite rookies did:
— Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, formerly of Archbishop Mitty HS in San Jose, had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 73-62 win over Cal Poly.
– Andrew Wiggins, widely considered the best of the nation’s top freshmen, had 16 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists as Kansas topped Louisiana Monroe 80-63.
– No. 1 Kentucky’s Julius Randle, a powerful 6-9 forward, had 23 points and 15 rebounds in an 89-57 win over UNC-Ashville.
– Marcus Lee, a graduate of Deer Valley-Antioch, and perhaps the least heralded of Kentucky’s six prep All-Americans, had 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting, including four dunks.
– Jabari Parker of Duke had 22 points on 8 for 10 from the field and grabbed six rebounds in a 111-77 win over Davidson.
UGLY GAME OF THE NIGHT: Utah wasted its time in a 128-44 rout of Evergreen State, an NAIA school from Olympia, Wash. The visiting Geoducks had more turnovers (20) than baskets (19), shot 1 for 24 from the 3-point arc, were outrebounded 55-28 and gave up 69 points in the second half.