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When Josh McRoberts committed to Duke as part of the 2005 recruiting class, many analysts believed the Blue Devils had landed the best high school player in the country.
He was the No. 1-ranked forward in his class, while Tyler Hansbrough was No. 2.
McRoberts was labeled as an incredibly versatile 6’10” forward who had outstanding athleticism and would become a star in college.
He served as a valuable role player during his freshman season and had some highlight-reel dunks, but most of the spotlight on that team went to J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams, two senior All-Americans.
When McRoberts became the go-to guy during his sophomore season, the Blue Devils struggled mightily.
He had decent numbers in the 2006-07 season, averaging 13 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game, but the team struggled to a 22-11 record, and he received much of the blame.
His on-court demeanor and visible frustration with his teammates also didn’t do much to help his image with Duke fans.
McRoberts declared for the NBA draft following his sophomore season, leaving a legacy behind at Duke that was only a shadow of what most thought it would be.
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