Now, halfway through the year, he's among the frontrunners for one of the sport's major awards.
Gustafson is one of three student-athletes not included on the preseason top 30 list to be added to the midseason top 25. Players on the list are considered strong candidates for the most prestigious national player of the year honor.
Through 14 games so far this season, Nurse is recording career highs in both points (15.0) and rebounds (3.2). Young is leading the nation in points (29.2) and assists (10.1) per game.
One of the Young's top single-game achievements was dishing out 22 assists against Northwestern State on December 19, tying the NCAA record for most assists in a game (assists became official in 1983-84) while breaking both Oklahoma and Big 12 records (both were 18 assists).
The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented during the 4th Annual ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's, which will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018. Since the NCAA began recording assists in 1983, Young is the only freshman to dish out 20 or more assists in a game.
Berry, meanwhile, was expected to have a big impact this year after winning the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player honor during the Tar Heels' run to the NCAA Championship last season. He has also earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on November 20 and December 4.
The senior is either first or second for Duke in points, assists, and steals; he is also third in 3-point percentage. Former Sooner players Blake Griffin and Buddy Hield won the award in 2009 and 2016, respectively.
Wichita State sophomore guard Landry Shamet is among the 25 players named to the midseason list for the John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to college basketball's top player.