For many basketball players, the step to the NBA is one of the hardest to take. The step grows bigger if you are not one of the premier players. It grows bigger yet if you are not a senior in college.
(Note to readers: if you haven't thought of Chris Washburn or Josh McRoberts by this point, you might want to get your head examined.)
Without any further ado (or mentioning of Kwame Brown), here is the list of underclassmen sure to be busts if they remain in the NBA draft.
This image of Archie should say it all. The junior forward from South Carolina averaged 10.9 points per game last year, which is a number just greater than my shoe size.
He had four turnovers in losses to Florida, Davidson, and [gag] College of Charleston, all while never earning more than 19 points or 12 rebounds in a game, both figures coming in a loss to Tennessee.
Named "Most Hated Player in College Basketball" by ESPN, Devendorf reminds me of Christian Laettner. Both were virtually universally hated in their collegiate careers, and Devendorf would also follow the journeyman benchwarmer path that Laettner laid out for untalented whiny guards.
Also, Devendorf had just as many assists as he did turnovers in his junior year. That is never a good statistic, but I did hear that the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking for a player with that type of talent.
Eldridge, a junior guard from Illinois State, averaged 14 points per game last year, which is a respectable statistic.
However, when you factor in that Illinois State played only two teams that made the NCAA tournament (in which Eldridge gained an average of 9.5 points) and only one team from a major conference (Kansas State- Eldridge missed 17 field goals in that game), the 14 ppg does not look even respectable.
Add that to the facts that he had only two more assists in his career than he did turnovers and he shot only 70 percent from the (ahem) "charity stripe" last year, and Eldridge may be looking strikingly like his included picture come draft day.
No, he's not the guy from West Virginia. He's the guy from Chipola Junior College. (Uh, where?) It's in Florida.
Don't worry, no one else has heard of him, or the college, either. Why is he even in the draft?
This is comparable to Rudy going up to Asa Parseghian before his senior year and declaring for the NFL draft. This is like Dave "Killer" Carlson leaving the Charleston Chiefs and going to the NHL.
Heck, this is like the kid from "Rookie of the Year" declaring for the MLB draft BEFORE he could suddenly throw 100 mph.
My recommendation to Gary Flowers is to stay in school, not to to drugs, and stay out of trouble. The kid needs it.
I am including these two in the same slide because I categorize them together. Both are good, talented players, but they have no business being in the draft because...(wait for it)...they go to DePaul.
DePaul wasn't a disappointment last year, mostly because they exceeded their expectations. Some season previews projected them to win four regular season games. Luckily for the Blue Demons, they won five. Heck, it took them 19 tries to win a CONFERENCE GAME. These guys are so bad they make the Detroit Lions look good.
If you're wondering why you never saw Majok play, that's because you didn't. Majok did not play a single game during his freshman season at Connecticut. In fact, he never dressed for a game. He was ruled ineligible by the NCAA in the summer of 2008.
Why he declared for the draft, I don't know. Jim Calhoun doesn't know. I wouldn't be surprised if Majok himself didn't know.
Replace the background of this picture and you will find the most famous of Nate Miles's photos. You will be looking at his mugshot.
Miles was arrested before the start of this season for sexual assault. He was promptly kicked out of the University of Connecticut (it honors me so to be a fan of a team with such great morals) and moved on to Southern Idaho.
Jeeze...he wasn't even supposed to be that good at UConn. We've really got some troubled souls up in Storrs. (Or I guess not, since neither Miles nor Majok have ever played for the Huskies)
The ironically-challenged Wise, a junior guard at Southern Miss, is seen above, being jumped over. That pretty much describes his chances of being drafted. Just about everyone is better than he is.
Wise was just over the Mendoza Line in three-point shooting last year, missing 80 shots and making just 26. (Insert another "Wise" joke here.) He is 6'2" and weighs five pounds more than I do (and I'm 5'7").
He does score a lot, averaging 16.7 points per game, but he does play in the Conference-USA, where defense is considered almost as important as Twitter updates.