So many schools come to mind when I think of schools that produce successful NBA players. People think of Connecticut. Arizona, and a few others that I probably cant think of off the top of my head. Two schools stand out the most, both from the ACC: The Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
These two schools, in the last twenty years, have gotten loads of hype as well as recognition. Usually, one or both of these schools is picked to either win it all or at the very least make the Final Four in the tournament. However, once the players from these two teams get drafted into the league, it's been two very different stories.
Duke has a tradition of winning, putting out fundamentally sound players who, for the most part, are mature off the court. However, in the league, Duke players, for the most part, have underachieved. Sometimes, not by their own fault, usually due to injuries. Some just disappear into thin air. Why does Danny Ferry's name pop up over my head like a light bulb in the cartoons? Some players' one-dimensional games are embarrassingly exposed at the pro level. Ask yourself how many players from Duke have won NBA championships? Not too many.
North Carolina has a rich tradition of winners. Whether it be great coaches such as Larry Brown or George Karl. Or great players, with the best being, as we all know, Mr. Michael Jordan. The players from UNC usually come underrated and seem to overachieve. Those players that people think won't make it in the league do make it. Sure, every school has its busts and success stories, but here are a few that really stand out to me to prove my point.
For the last twenty or so years, I've seen Duke or UNC hold the No. 1 or 2 ranking every year. Loads of hype and hope. This list of some players seem to back up my reasoning.