Khem Birch and the 10 Biggest Freshman Busts of 2012

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Khem Birch and the 10 Biggest Freshman Busts of 2012
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In the one-and-done era, where the top high school prospects are forced to make a college decision rather than leap directly to the NBA, every season boasts several freshmen who make instant positive impacts.

Other heralded freshmen arrive at their school and suffer, unable to fit in on their campus or on the court. McDonald's All-American designations and Top 100 rankings can become heavy burdens on players who may not be ready for a team-oriented college concept.

Some sink quietly to the end of the bench. Some stagger from headline to headline, making news for anything other than their play. And some simply throw noisy tantrums and leave for other pastures.

These 10 players were expected to emerge as positive contributors, if not stars, during the 2011-12 college basketball season. For a variety of reasons, they've either been invisible or downright destructive to their teams.

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