Recent College Stars Who Flamed out in the NBA

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Recent College Stars Who Flamed out in the NBA
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Could Jimmer Fredette be the next Adam Morrison or Jonny Flynn? Some of the NCAA's best go the way of NBA dinosaurs long before it'd be fair to actually call them dinosaurs.

Guys like Fredette (or newest Los Angeles Laker Wesley Johnson) seem born to make us question NBA front offices. Fredette was taken by the Sacramento Kings with the 10th pick in 2011, Johnson by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fourth selection in 2010. 

Neither has averaged double-figure scoring in their combined five years of pro experience. To be fair, both are still young enough to turn that around—a possibility that's little consolation to the teams that drafted them.

Sticking around the best ballers in the business isn't easy, no matter how impressive those collegiate credentials are. Fredette and Johnson weren't drafted so highly by accident. Even if some blame lies with front offices and their draft boards, predicting how an elite prospect's skills will translate to the next level is never an exact science.

Over the last couple decades, there's ample evidence of that.

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