NCAA Basketball Recruiting: The Biggest Bust in Each Class of the Last Decade

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NCAA Basketball Recruiting: The Biggest Bust in Each Class of the Last Decade
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Every college basketball fanatic, especially those of the powerhouse programs like Kentucky and Kansas, will tell you until your ears bleed that every recruit at his or her school is a star with NBA lottery potential. That goes double for any player rated by ESPN, Rivals or any other recruiting service.

The objective fan knows that this just isn't true. Recruiting, like a professional draft, is a highly inexact science. Players suffer all manners of misfortunes, some of their own making, during the course of their college careers.

Over the last decade, each season's recruiting class turned out some egregious cases of prospects being overhyped. Some couldn't handle the spotlight and some bounced from school to school seeking more of it.

Now, by "the last decade," we don't actually mean 2003 through 2012. We'll consider the decade of the 2000's, encompassing the years 2000 through 2009.

Why stop there?

Several members of the 2012 class have redshirted and not played a game yet. Likewise, 2011 prospects may only have one season of limited minutes to their credit. In theory, the class of 2009 have all either just concluded their careers or are entering their senior seasons. Therefore, we can evaluate a body of work, even if it's not quite complete.

Let's examine some of the biggest flops of the 2000s. Just hope your team didn't get dragged down with any of these stiffs.

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