Ajou Deng i'd have to say, He had a durant like skill set if you look at scouting reports from his time.. Huge bust at uconn left and went to fairfield (where rakim sanders might score 30 ppg this year lol) .. loul dengs older bro.. Daquan Jones has done nothing either.... Tiki Mayben was another guy I thought would of turned out great..
Shavlik Randolph, was rated #6 pf in nation and an all american avg 30 and 14 his senior season..started off great at duke but then declined,got a few injuries and went avg like 6ppg 4reb and 1.4blks in 3years at duke, went undrafted(2005), played for 76ers,blazers,and heat and plays in puerto rico now.
I'm predicting Fab Melo will be considered in that category before is all said and done.
Lari Ketner... lol anyone remember him?
David Padgett was a big time bust to me being rated the number 1 center in the 03 class with Lebron and company..started off at KU then transfered to L'Ville where he made more of an impact..
Also Randoph Morris of the 04 class was always a mystery to me. He had great potential to be a dominant force at UK and was mediocure at best and I thought he had a great NBA body when I watched him go up against Dwight Howard in his highschool days
Anybody remember Paul Harris? Was considered a top 10 player in his high school class, but had a disappoint career at Syracuse and so I haven't heard anything about him in the professional ranks.
Paul Harris came out wayy too early, if he wouldve stayed at the Cuse longer he might of panned out better than what he is now.
Keith Brumbaugh! never really made it oklahoma state..
Did Brumbaugh even make it on the court at OSU? Thought he went the JUCO route and never made it out.
he got kicked out of ok state for i think shoplifting.. dont think he even played a game
Thug Life! 3 others i thought of that never lived up to there rankings were Solomon Alabi, Tasmin Mitchell...and the former "Next Shaq"...Derrick Caracter
On a different note, why did Rakim Sanders transfer?
Sanders transferred because of a coaching change at BC.
Another huge bust, Taylor King for Duke/Nova. He was a fine player for a 9th or 10th man but was no where near the #15 recruit.
im pretty sure mcroberts was ranked the top player in the class and paulus the top point guard
^At least McRoberts is playing a legit role in the NBA
Yeah and now King transferred to NAIA school Concordia after saying he was gonna transfer to USC....
What is up with this dude???
Jason Fraser.. too bad those injuries raped his knees.. He'd of been great with lumpkin and all those gaurds.. Maybe Nova wins a national title with a real inside presence during that era
Was a top-5 recruit out of high school and was featured in SLAM and other bball media. Really tanked at MSU imo and ended up being drafted as a 2nd rounder, when coming out of high school most peoply thought he was a surefire lottery pick after 1 or 2 years of college.
SHAVLICK RANDOLPH.....UNC HAD MJ WEARING THE DUDES T-SHIRT
GREG PAULUS no one infuriated me more as a Duke fan...during his tenor at Duke I seriously questioned my fandom for the Blue Devils...
He completely personifies all the stereotypes associated with Duke SMH
Duke players seems to be an oncoming trend here. Watch out Kyrie Irving!
@KingGuy11 I think this thread is only about college kids not living up to their lofty highschool rankings...
And since Kyrie is already out of college your comment makes no sense.
However, I do agree with the fact that he can be considered a college bust because he only played 11 fricking games.
DAMN YOU TOE.
Duke players seems to be an oncoming trend here. Watch out Kyrie Irving!
Paul Harris had no choice, he was flunking out of school anyways
and you might be right about Fab Melo, but he did make strides at the end of last season...im keeping my fingers crossed haha
Randolph Morris, I remember him being hyped up along with Josh Smith and Dwight
I thought Mike Jones who used to play for Maryland a while back had a disappointing career. He was in Lebron's HS class and was a very highly touted Mickey D's AA with athleticism and a nice jumper.
This dude was supposed to be the number 1 pick and success Greg Oden at OSU and he didn't do squat. Ended up being a mid-round pick and as never played meaningful minutes in the NBA.
1.Chris Washburn..This guy was like Shaq at UNCS at times ..But had the IQ of a Dead Roach......Drugs and trouble with the Law DOOMED HIM..Plus he had a poor attitude and never worked to improve his skills...
2.Lloyd ''Sweet Pea'' Daniels..I heard so much talk about him..I couldnt wait to see him play..Folks were saying he was the next Magic Johnson.....
3.Tito Horford-He came along when guys like Sampson,Ewing ,Olajuwon and Robinson was dominating the college scene..And people were excited about him also...He had the body and size..But didnt know how to play the game...
How has Samardo Samuels not been mentioned?
He was the next big thing and ended up getting undrafted. I think he a decent soph year, but for where he was rated (#2), he made no impact.
Jason Fraser is a good call, too.
Any Duke big over the last decade, really.
Any Duke big of the last decade? Boozer, Brand?
brian butch and micah downs too
How about like every single "elite" big men from the class of 2008? (I'm basing these rankings on Rivals)
B.J. Mullens - #1 overall prospect had mediocre season at Ohio State, hasn't done &$#%#&@! in the NBA.
Samardo Samuels - #9 overall prospect had decent career at Louisville, but was never even close to the dominating force he was supposed to be coming out of high school. Undrafted, roster filler on worst team in NBA.
Ater Majok - #14 overall prospect took a long assed time becoming eligible at UConn, raw 6'11 athlete didn't do much of anything once eligible, decided the NBA was calling to him, obviously undrafted, presumably the tallest employee at a McDonald's now.
Ty Walker - #17 overall prospect passed the eye test as a 7 footer with length, but through 3 seasons at Wake Forest has done all of jack &$#%#&@!. Comes into his senior season with a pocket full of hope, stats of 3.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg (hey not bad!), and a suspension for the entire fall semester (oh, that is bad).
Terrence Jennings - #18 overall prospect, 6'10 225 athletic shotblocker compared to Amare Stoudamire physically, performed even less impressively than Samardo Samuels for first two seasons at Louisville, did OK in junior season, but then foolishly entered draft when he had no chance of being picked.
Tony Woods - #20 overall prospect was a complete non-factor for Wake Forest for 2 seasons (much like Ty Walker during the same period), before getting booted off the team for beating the &$#%#&@! out of his girlfriend if I remember correctly, has a chance to turn it around at Oregon this season.
Dequan Jones - #23 overall prospect, I know he's not a big man, has done nothing over the course of his career at Miami (FL), to the tune of 4.5ppg and 2.5 rpg his junior season, will continue to do not much in senior season I'm sure. Athlete, not basketball player. Probably would have been better off focusing on football or track and field, seriously.
Delvon Roe - #24 overall prospect, was ranked even higher before injuries in high school, but was still expected to be a lot better than he has been for Michigan State. He is a solid defensive player for the Spartans, not much more (6.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg). Considering lofty ranking and hype earlier in highschool career, still a major bust.
J'Mison Morgan - #25 overall prospect, part of highly-touted UCLA class that fell on its face, 6'10 275 athlete whose size and potential have been matched only by his utter and resounding lack of production. Did nothing for UCLA, is at Baylor now, will most likely accomplish nothing in his senior season.
Eloy Vargas - #26 overall prospect, phew at least we're out of the five-star busts. Seriously, everyone up until now was ranked as a FIVE-STAR RECRUIT by Rivals.com. WTF?? Anyways, Vargas was a monumental bust at Florida, is now a a senior at Kentucky who averaged less than two points per game last season. That's a #26 overall recruit, averaging 1.5 ppg as a junior. With NO INJURIES. Even with Josh Harrellson and Terrence Jones on the roster, Vargas should have been doing something by now.
Kenny Kadji - #27 overall recruit, fell on his face at Florida along with Vargas, mostly because of injuries, hasn't played for two years now due to injuries, will have a chance to finally play at Miami (FL) this season, but will probably just get injured again. This guy is only considered a sophomore, despite being a 2008 recruit!
Michael Dunigan - #32 overall recruit for Oregon, was supposed to be a saviour for that program and for Ernie Kent, instead was fantastically mediocre for I think two entire seasons, then ended up going pro (honestly, probably because he flunked out), is over in Europe enjoying what will probably be a very short and unsuccessful career.
Jeff Withey - #36 overall recruit for Arizona, never played for them, transferred to Kansas, has done nothing for them. This guy is special, he basically bummed around college basketball doing nothing for like three seasons, taking redshirts and accomplishing nothing, got onto Kansas roster based entirely on HS ranking. He has two seasons of eligibilty left, but I'm quite confident he will continue to bum around at an All-American level.
Emmanuel Negedu - #40 overall recruit for Arizona, then Tennessee, then New Mexico. Has had a lot of injury problems, and now a heart problem has ended his basketball career, but even when healthy was nothing special at all. Nowhere near being worthy of #40 overall.
Angel Garcia - #46 overall recruit for Memphis, accomplished absolutely nothing, largely because of injuries, but also because of suck. Don't even know where he is now.
John Reik I think was actually part of this class, but had to re-classify because obviously he couldn't qualify academically. This guy was projected as the #1 overall pick in the NBA draft at one point, based entirely on being 7'0 with a 7'8 wingspan. Unfortunately, he doesn't play basketball.
Seriously, all of these guys where very highly-touted, and amounted to basically nothing. B.J. Mullens, Samardo Samuels, Delvon Roe, Terrence Jennings, and I suppose Mike Dunigan are the only ones who have ever been consistent starters and/or had productive college seasons, and even those five players are considered serious disappointments.
There were some good to very good college big men in that class (Greg Monroe, Ed Davis, Chris Singleton, Tyler Zeller, Luke Babbitt, JaMychal Green, Howard Thompkins), but it is almost wierd how many of the top 50 big men from that class were complete and total busts. Not just like the type of bust that is a solid but unspectacular player when they were expected to be a star. I'm talking like spectacularly useless, never got off the bench, flame-out, more-harm-than-good-to-the-programs-they-signed-with type busts.
Ater Majok got drafted with the 58th pick by the lakers this year, he didn't go undrafted but he probably won't make the team anyway.