While most of today's one-and-done college basketball players go on to have extremely fruitful careers in the NBA, we've pinpointed 20 players in NBA draft history who really should have gone back to school for a sophomore season.
I'll spare you the "I remember when kids used to go to school for four years" soapbox speech, but it wasn't all that long ago that they at least stayed in school for two seasons. From 1990-1999, there were a grand total of nine freshmen who declared for the NBA draft—two of whom appear on this list.
In 2014 alone, nine freshmen decided one year of college basketball was all they needed.
There have been at least four freshmen taken in the lottery over each of the past four seasons, and that certainly doesn't figure to change this season with the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Noah Vonleh and Julius Randle at the top of everyone's draft board.
But let this be a cautionary tale that not all freshmen are created equal. Averaging 10 points per game in one's first season at college does not necessarily make one ready for the NBA. Averaging fewer than 10 points per game is even less promising.
Anyone taken in the top 14 of the draft was immediately removed from consideration. Though many of those players fizzled out in the NBA, it's hard to look at Greg Oden's career earnings and argue it was a poor decision for a freshman to capitalize on the near-guarantee to be a lottery pick.
However, anyone taken 15th or later (or not drafted at all) was fair game.
Without further ado, please enjoy this walk down memory lane of misplaced potential.