This is obviously just an opinion and done so subjectively, but it should be a decent read none the less. It's next to impossible to rank past players that never made it to the league, but I'm sure most of you know the regular cast of characters that should be in the discussion.
The rankings were based on the players background story as well as how good of a basketball player they were, but just because one player is ranked ahead of another, doesn't necessarily mean they were better. It's really anyone's opinion.
With only 25 players being selected, there were obviously some names left off the list. Some possible snubs include; Jerod Ward, Angel 'Monchito" Cruz, Jack Ryan, and Doug Wrenn. Also, if a player was balling before the inception of the NBA, they were ineligible for a selection. There was one player however, who's career was ending right as the NBA was beginning.
One more thing. If "Euroballer" happens to read this post, #19's for you bro!
I think you should've made separate lists: American prep/streetball legends and Int'l players.
Your list as is doesn't have nearly enough Int'l players IMO, but it's cool. Looks like you put a lot of effort into making it.
Lenny Cooke top 10? What??
I thought I did do that Siggy...I labeled the player NCAA, International, High School, AAU, etc, etc...so...don't know what you really are trying to say.
And...did I not say the players story has to do with rankings also...Lenny Cooke story is right up there with any.
More Int player??? 4 out of 25 is not too shabby.
Like I said...this is just an opinion.
I'm saying like: Top Int'l players to have not played in the NBA, then Top American Born players to not play. Two separate lists. I guess if I were to make a list, it'd have far more Int'l players.
I mean if there's more emphasis on back stories I understand, but if merits and accolades were more taken into consideration, I'd figure there'd be more Int'l players than playground legends.
Siggy your not a fan of hotsauce?
Nah I was more an Alimoe and AO fan.
I agree with Len Bias being the greatest to never play in the league...I never saw The Goat play...But I'm enuff to have seen Bias play in college...Dont believe the hype that he couldve been another Micheal Jordan,he was more along the lines of a Dominique Wilkens......
i know this probably dosnt matter but it says that schea cotton teamed up with devin ebanks @ stm? ebanks went there like a decade after cotton
I don't know about many of these players but Aaron Owens should be on this list!! AO was amazing. I may be biased because I'm from Philly but that dude could really play.
I love the list, we have so much wasted talent up here it's not even funny,most of those stories about some of the great hoopers we had are usually true. The older people from my block and community would tell us about these ballers. (I'M ONLY 20 YEARS OLD).Right now I know someone who will probably not go far but has crazy talent.His name is DAVID "KANGAROO" HENRY. He is 19 years old now but was always in the 2013 class. Back in 7th grade he was top 25 in the nation.Up there with Jabari and Used to kill Julius Randle in AAU games when he was in 9th grade. Randle's aau coach even ask David's old aau coach at a recent tournament in 2011 what ever happen to the kid you had with the crazy hops,thats how good dave was.He is 6'6 with a 41 inch vertical even with weed in his system.Has cat like reflexes and is very fast. His mother died when he was 14 or 15 and it all went downhill from there.Father has been in and out of prison and Dave has been in and out of foster care. Now he has a daughter and all hope seems gone. But all the top player in this current senior class know who the Kangaroo is,and his potential is still very high. I try to encourage him every time I see him or get to speak to him.
We also have a player named Davontay Grace who committed to St.johns as a Junior. Grace was the number 1 9th grader in the nation according to everyone for class of 2011. He was better then Mike Gilchrist,Austin Rivers,Brad Beal, He even had 30 in one half against a team with tony wroten on it 2007 aau nationals going into his 9th grade year. He was a stocky Pg at about 6'2 in sneakers with good athleticism. Number 1 player in the nation we are talking here. Look it all up on google it will show you. Long story short he got way out of shape and we all know Steve lavin came to St.johns so his commitment was thrown out.He later committted to Manhattan but was not eligible and instead of going to Juco he just got even more out of shape.now around 230 pounds and is trying to be a rapper. DOES ANYONE ELSE ON HERE HAVE ANY SAD STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE FROM THEIR TOWN?
Yeah Benji, Hank, Manigualt and Lenny Cooke had to be there, along with Alimoe and Bias. But theres a player from my city of Philly named Ben Watson, we call him Sad Eye look him up. Playground LEGEND. but out of everone i think Bias, Benji and Cooke woulda been great
Yeah I think Benji would be a legend today for sure,and I'm young but from watching his tape he looked like the real deal and looked like he was not done getting taller and his potential was threw the roof.Cooke was a monster too.