The Top 50 Players of All Time Who Went From College Hoops Sizzle to NBA Fizzle

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2011

The Top 50 Players of All Time Who Went From College Hoops Sizzle to NBA Fizzle

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    When a player has an exceptional college career, the thought is that they will have an even better NBA legacy.

    Not always the case.

    What looks like great potential may be just fools gold.

    What seems like promise can be just a flash in the pan.

    The following is a list of the top 50 players of all-time who went from college sizzle to NBA fizzle.

    Among this list, you have players who were All-Conference, All-American and Final Four Most Outstanding Player selections.


    All of their college awards didn't guarantee anything when it came to their future performances.

    Some had very nice professional careers overseas, but what we are trying to look at here is how they did in the NBA.

    In most cases, it wasn't pretty.

50. Bill McGill: Utah Utes

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    Not exactly a household name today, Bill McGill was a two-time All-American at Utah, where he led the nation in scoring as a senior (38.8 points per game, including 60 in one game).

    He led the Utes to the Final Four in 1961.

    He was the No. 1 pick in the 1962 NBA Draft by Chicago (then the Zephyrs).

    In his three seasons with Chicago, McGill had one good season (1963-64) in which he averaged 15.1 points per game.

    McGill also played two seasons (1968-70) in the ABA.

49. Joe Alexander: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Joe Alexander had a solid three-year career at West Virginia, where he averaged 12.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

    Alexander finished his junior season leading the team with 16.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game, and was selected for the All-Big East team and was a third-team AP All-American selection.

    He was drafted eighth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

    In his two seasons in the NBA, Alexander averaged 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds.

    He currently plays for the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.

48. Jimmy King: Michigan Wolverines

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    Jimmy King (far left) was part of the famed Michigan Wolverines Fab Five along with Ray Jackson, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber and Jalen Rose.

    This unique collection of talent reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA championship games as both freshmen and sophomores.

    For his four years at Michigan, King averaged 11.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

    King was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the second round (35th overall) of the 1995 NBA Draft.

    In his first year, he played in 62 games, averaging 4.5 points and 1.4 assists per game.

    In his second and last year, King played two games for the Denver Nuggets, scoring six points and two assists.

    King finished his career by playing a few seasons in Europe, the CBA and NBDL.

47. Jason Gardner: Arizona Wildcats

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    Jason Gardner had a strong four-year career at the University of Arizona, where he averaged 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

    As a sophomore, his team finished second place in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, losing to Duke.

    As a senior in 2003, Gardner was named an AP second-team All-American after averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists per game.

    Gardner was not drafted by the NBA but found success overseas.

46. Damon Bailey: Indiana

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    Damon Bailey had a solid collegiate career at Indiana.

    A four-year starter there, Bailey finished sixth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,741 points. He also garnered a third-team All-American Award and first-team All-Big Ten Award, and he led IU to a Final Four appearance in 1992.

    Bailey was selected with the 44th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by his hometown Indiana Pacers.

    Bailey was cut after one season on the team's injured list and a series of preseason games the following year.

    Bailey played in the CBA for a number of years.

45. Lonny Baxter: Maryland Terrapins

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    Lonny Baxter had an outstanding four-year career at Maryland.

    He averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

    He was named a regional MVP of the NCAA Tournament twice, in 2001 and 2002.

    Baxter and Juan Dixon led Maryland to the 2002 NCAA championship.

    Baxter was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 15th pick of the second round (44rd overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft.

    He played four seasons on six teams and averaged 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds.

    Baxter has also played six years overseas on six different teams.

44. Wayne Simien: Kansas Jayhawks

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    Wayne Simien had an exceptional college career at Kansas.

    He received All-American honors his junior and senior years (third-team AP All-American, 2003-04; first-team AP All-American, 2004-05)

    He was a Wooden Award finalist both years, and he was the Big 12 Player of the Year his senior year.

    He finished up his four years at Kansas averaging 15.0 points (the 12th leading all-time scorer at Kansas with 1,593 points) and 8.3 rebounds.

    Simien was selected with the 29th-overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat.

    He played parts of two seasons for the Heat, playing in 51 games and averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds.

    Early in the 2007-08 season, Simien was traded to and waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    The following year, Simien joined Spain's "Cáceres 2016 Basket" in the country's second-level professional league. He played one year with this team before retiring.

43. Lawrence Roberts: Mississippi State

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    Lawrence Roberts had an outstanding college career that included two years at Baylor and two years at Mississippi State.

    In his first of two years at Baylor, Roberts averaged 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds, earning Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors.

    He followed that up by averaging 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in his sophomore year.

    Roberts transferred to Mississippi State in 2003 following the basketball scandal that rocked Baylor's program.

    Because of the unique circumstances surrounding his transfer, Roberts was immediately eligible at MSU, where he picked right up where he left off in Waco.

    He was a first-team All-American and the SEC Player of the Year in 2003-04, leading Mississippi State to its first top-two seeding in the NCAA Tournament. In the 2003-04 season he averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds.

    He finished his senior year by averaging 16.9 points and 11.0 rebounds.

    Roberts was a second-round draft pick (55th overall) of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2005 NBA Draft but he was immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

    After two seasons with the Grizzlies, in July 2007, he signed with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos on a two-year deal, but he was released from his contract three months later.

    Roberts currently is playing in Turkey.

42. A.J. Guyton: Indiana Hoosiers

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    A.J Guyton played four years (1996-2000) at a very high level for the Indiana Hoosiers.

    In his collegiate career, Guyton averaged 16.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

    In his senior, he was named Big Ten Co-MVP and first-team AP All-American, averaging 19.7 points.

    Guyton was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (32nd overall pick) in the 2000 NBA Draft.

    In his three NBA years (two with Chicago, one with the Golden State Warriors), Guyton scored 5.5 points, grabbed one rebound and handed out 1.8 assists.

    Afterward, Guyton played one year in the NBDL, and then six years overseas with eight different teams. 

41. Ticky Burden: Utah Utes

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    Ticky Burden had a fantastic, three-year career for the Utah Utes.

    Luther "Ticky" Burden averaged 22.4 points per game for Utah during his career.

    He shot 49 percent in three years at Utah. Considering a large share of his attempts came from beyond 25 feet, it was an impressive stat.

    In 1975, his junior year, Burden was selected as a first-team AP All-American, averaging 28.7 points per game. He set the Western Athletic Conference record for field goals in a season with 359.

    Brad Rock of reports that: "Burden scored 1,790 points in three seasons, behind only Keith Van Horn, Billy McGill, Josh Grant, Mike Newlin and Luke Nevill at Utah. But while Burden did his in 80 games and three years, Van Horn, Grant and Nevill played four seasons and 120-130 games apiece."

    Burden was drafted by the New York Knicks in the second round (26th pick) of the 1975 NBA Draft and by the Virginia Squires of the ABA.

    Burden played initially on the Squires for one season, averaging 19.9 points.

    He then moved to the NBA playing for the Knicks for two seasons, playing 63 games, and averaging 5.5 points.

40. P.J. Tucker: Texas Longhorns

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    P.J. Tucker played three good years at the University of Texas.

    He averaged 13.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists for his collegiate career.

    In his junior season, he was a second-team AP All-American and the Big 12 Player of the Year.

    He was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 35th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

    Midway through his first season, the Raptors sent Tucker to the Colorado 14ers of the NBDL.

    Altogether, Tucker played 17 games, averaging 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds.

    Tucker has played the last four seasons overseas.

39. Jeffery Sheppard: Kentucky Wildcats

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    Jeff Sheppard had a solid career at Kentucky.

    He played on two national championship teams at the University of Kentucky under Rick Pitino in 1996 and under Tubby Smith in 1998.

    The University of Kentucky guard was named, as a senior, Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament in 1998.

    The success of his college basketball career did not carry over into professional ball.

    Sheppard played briefly in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks during the 1998-99 season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in only 18 games.

    He has since played professionally in Italy with Benetton Treviso (1999-00) (won the Italian Cup), Cordivari Roseto (2000-01) and Würth Roma (2001).

    He played in the preseason games (but not in any regular season games) for the Toronto Raptors in 2000.

38. Michael Young: Houston Cougars

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    Michael Young had a good four-year college career as a starter at Houston, where he averaged 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds.

    He still holds school records for games and minutes played.

    Young joined fellow Cougar All-American players Elvin Hayes and Otis Birdsong as the only players in school history to net more than 2,000 points.

    In 1983-84, his senior year, Young was selected as a third-team AP All-American.

    Young played three years in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers. He also played two seasons with the Detroit Spirit of the CBA.

    Young enjoyed a 14-year playing career overseas.

37. D.J. White: Indiana Hoosiers

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    D.J. White played four strong years at Indiana University.

    He averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

    During his freshman season with the Indiana Hoosiers, White led all freshmen in the Big Ten Conference in scoring. He was named by as a freshman All-American.

    In his senior year, White scored 17.4 points and grabbed 10.3 rebounds per game and he was named to the first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Player of the Year.

    He was also selected as a second-team AP All-American.

    He was selected with the 29th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons but his rights were traded to the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City).

    White has played for parts of three seasons with Oklahoma City, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds.

36. Chris Carrawell: Duke Blue Devils

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    Chris Carrawell was a member of the Duke men’s basketball program from 1996-2000.

    Carrawell helped the Blue Devils dominate the ACC during his tenure finishing his career with 66 conference victories, second-most all-time by a Duke player.

    He was also a two-time All-ACC selection in his career with the Blue Devils.

    He is tied for 27th on the all-time scoring list at Duke with 1,455 career points and also ranks 14th in school history with 0.8 blocks per game and tied for sixth with 116 overall wins.

    Carrawell was the 2000 ACC Player of the Year and a first team All-American selection.

    A second-round draft pick by the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, Carrawell played overseas after graduating from Duke. He last played in Holland in 2007, where his team finished second after losing in the championship finals.

35. Blake Stepp: Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Blake Stepp had a very good four-year career at Gonzaga.

    He was a two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

    He averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 assists in senior season.

    Stepp was selected, with the 29th pick in the second round (58th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft, by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    He appeared in a handful of 2004-05 preseason games with the Wolves, but he did not manage to make the final roster cut.

    He then spent the 2004-05 season playing in Serbia with KK Partizan. During the offseason, Stepp joined Pamesa Valencia from Spain for the 2005-06 season.

34. Lou Roe: UMass Minutemen

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    Lou Roe had a very strong collegiate career at UMass, where he averaged 14.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

    As a senior, Roe was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a second-team AP All-American.

    Roe was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round (30th overall) of the 1995 NBA Draft.

    Roe played in two NBA seasons with the Pistons and Golden State Warriors.

    In his brief NBA career, he appeared in 66 games and scored a total of 130 points.

33. Phil Sellers: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Phil sellers had an excellent four-year collegiate career at Rutgers.

    Sellers led Rutgers to two NIT berths during his freshman and sophomore seasons and then back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in his final two collegiate seasons.

    He was twice selected as an AP All-American selection (1974-75, third team; 1975-76, first team)

    Sellers, as a senior, led the team to a 31-0 start. The team finished 31-2, and their only two losses occurred in the national semifinals (to Michigan) and the third-place game (to UCLA).

    Sellers was picked in the third round (38th overall) of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, but he lasted only a year with the Pistons before being put on waivers.

    In his one year in the NBA, Sellers averaged 4.5 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 44 games played.

32. Roy Hamilton: UCLA Bruins

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    Roy Hamilton had a solid four-year career at UCLA, where he averaged 12.5 points,  2.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

    As a senior, Hamilton was selected as a third-team AP All-American.

    Hamilton was drafted 10th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1979 NBA Draft.

    He spent two seasons in the NBA playing for the Pistons, and the Portland Trail Blazers.

    His NBA averages were as follows: 4.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists. 

31. Dan Callandrillo: Seton Hall Pirates

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    Dan Callandrillo had a solid four-year college career at Seton Hall, where he was second-team All-Big East his sophomore and junior seasons.

    As a senior, he was third-team All-American and a Big East Player of the Year.

    Callandrillo was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1982 NBA Draft, but never played for the team.

    He did play for the Rochester Zeniths in the American Continental Basketball Association in 1983 and the Solent Stars of the British Basketball League in 1985.

30. John Pinone: Villanova Wildcats

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    John Pinone had a strong four-year career at Villanova.

    Over those years, Pinone averaged 16.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He was named a third-team All-American as a senior.

    Pinone earned first-team All-Big East honors three times, and was a first-team All-Philadelphia Big 5 selection four times. He was the only freshman in Villanova history to lead the team in scoring.

    A third-round draftee in 1983, Pinone played seven games in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks in 1983-84.

    After spending the rest of the season with the CBA, he joined CB Estudiantes in the Spanish Liga ACB in 1984-85, playing there until 1992-93.

29. Kirk Haston: Indiana Hoosiers

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    Kirk Haston had a very good three-year college career for Indiana, where he averaged 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds.

    In his junior season (2000-01) season, he led the Big Ten scoring and was a third-team All-American selection

    Haston was selected 16th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2001 NBA Draft.

    Haston played for two seasons in the NBA, averaging 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds,

    Over the last seven seasons, Haston has played in a combination of the NBDL and overseas.

28. Nick Fazekas: Nevada WolfPack

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    Nick Fazekas had a big career at Nevada.

    He was a 2007 second-team All-American, and three-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year (2005-07).

    Fazekas was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 2007. He played part of the 2007-08 with Dallas before being waived by them.

    He was picked up by and finished the season for the L.A. Clippers. Following the season, he was waived.

    Fazekas played two seasons overseas before being selected by the Reno Bighorns with the first overall pick of the 2010 NBA D-League Draft.

    He was waived by the Bighorns on December 30, 2010.

27. Erwin Dudley: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Erwin Dudley had a solid four-year career at Alabama, where he scored 13.8 points and grabbed 9.2 rebounds.

    Dudley led the Southeastern Conference in rebounding for three consecutive seasons, becoming the first to do so since Shaquille O'Neal.

    He also holds the university’s school record with 129 career starts and ranks seventh all-time in scoring (1,764 points) and fourth in rebounding (1,184).

    Dudley also recorded 43 double-doubles and was All-SEC Player of the Year in 2002.

    Dudley has played his entire professional career overseas.

26. B.J. Tyler: Texas Longhorns

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    B.J. Tyler had a solid four-year career (one year at DePaul, three years at the University of Texas), where he averaged 16.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists.

    In his senior year, Tyler was a third-team AP All-American.

    Tyler was taken 20th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

    He played 55 games for them in 1994-95, averaging 3.5 points and 3.2 assists per game.

25. Allen Ray: Villanova Wildcats

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    Allen Ray had a strong four-year career at Villanova, where he scored 15.6 points, grabbed 3.2 rebounds and handed out 2.0 assists.

    As a sophomore, he averaged a team-leading 17.3 points per game.

    In his junior season, Ray was named second-team all-Big East and led the Wildcats in scoring with 16.2 points per game.

    As a senior, Ray was named to the Big East first team.

    Ray was not selected in the 2006 NBA Draft, surprising many Big East fans and some NBA experts.

    He was signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics. Ray was sent to the D-League Austin Toros.

24. Toby Bailey: UCLA Bruins

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    Bailey started all four years that he played UCLA, averaging a combined 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

    He played a significant role on the Bruins squad that won the 1995 NCAA championship.

    Bailey was drafted by the hometown Los Angeles Lakers, but he was traded to the Phoenix Suns.

    He played two seasons in Phoenix, averaging 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists.

    Bailey played the rest of his career overseas, suiting up for 11 teams in 11 seasons.

23. Miles Simon: Arizona Wildcats

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    Miles Simon had a fantastic four-year collegiate career at  the University of Arizona.

    In his four years for the Wildcats, Simon averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

    As a junior, Simon led the Wildcats to win the 1996-97 NCAA championship, and he was selected as the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

    In his senior year at Arizona, Simon was named to the 1997-98 All-American team (first team).

    He was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the second round (42nd pick) of the 1998 NBA Draft.

    Simon played briefly with the Orlando Magic and Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA only seeing limited action in five games, scoring a total of two points.

    Following his short stint with the Magic, Simon played parts of two seasons overseas.

    Simon played for two seasons for the Dakota Wizards before retiring. 

22. Julius Hodge: NCState Wolfpack

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    Julius Hodge played four very strong years at North Carolina State.

    He averaged 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists for his collegiate career.

    As a freshman, Hodge was the leading freshman scorer in the ACC.

    For his sophomore (2002-2003) campaign, Hodge was selected as a first-team All-ACC player.

    As a junior, he was ACC Player of the Year and second-team AP All-American.

    Hodge was chosen in the first round as the 20th pick by the Denver Nuggets.

    He played 23 games in two seasons in the NBA, averaging 1.2 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists.

    Since then, he has played five seasons overseas on four different teams.

21. Cherokee Parks: Duke Blue Devils

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    Cherokee Parks had a strong four-year career at Duke.

    Parks averaged 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.

    As a freshman, he was a member of the 1992 NCAA championship team.

    As a senior, Parks averaged 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds.

    He was a two-time All-ACC second team (1994, '95).

    Parks was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round (12th pick) of the 1995 NBA Draft.

    In his 10-season NBA career (1995–2004), he played for seven different teams, and averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds.  

20. Alando Tucker: Wisconsin Badgers

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    Alando Tucker had an exceptional career at Wisconsin.

    Tucker averaged 16.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in his five-year (was granted an additional year for medical redshirt) career.

    Tucker broke the all-time Wisconsin scoring record (2,147 points) previously held by Michael Finley.

    In 2006-07, Tucker was selected as a first-team NCAA AP All-American.

    Tucker was selected 29th overall in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.

    He played 51 games over three seasons for the Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    During those three years, Tucker bounced back and forth between a number of NBDL teams.

    Tucker is currently playing in Russia, after a short stint in Puerto Rico.

19. Tom Hammonds: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Thomas Hammonds had a very strong career at Georgia Tech.

    For his four-year collegiate career, Hammonds averaged 16.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.

    Tom Hammonds led Georgia Tech to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

    He was the fifth-leading scorer in Georgia Tech history with 2,081 points.

    Hammonds earned All-American honors in 1989 and three times captured All-ACC accolades.

    Hammonds was selected by the Washington Bullets in the first round (ninth overall pick) in the 1989 NBA Draft.

    While he played in 12 NBA seasons, he ended up only averaging 5.3 points for his career.

18. Sam Worthen: Marquette Warriors

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    Sam Worthen had an outstanding two-year career at Marquette, where he averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists.

    He had played two years of junior college basketball before coming to Marquette.

    He led the Warriors in assists during his junior year and scoring and assists in his senior year.

    In his senior season, Worthen was selected as a third-team AP All-American. 

    In 1980, he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the NBA Draft and played in the NBA for two seasons.

    Worthen was with the Bulls in 1980-1981 and the Utah Jazz in 1981-1982.

    In his two years in the NBA, he averaged 3.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

17. Eric Montross: North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Eric Montross had a solid four-year career at North Carolina, where he averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds.

    Montross was twice selected as a second team AP All-American (1992-93 and 1993-94).

    He was selected by the Boston Celtics with the ninth overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft.

    Over the next nine years, Montross played on six teams and averaged 4.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks.

16. Tim James: Miami Hurricanes

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    Tim James had a good college career at Miami, where he averaged 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.

    After he was drafted 25th overall by Miami in 1999, he appeared in 43 games over the next three seasons, (with the Heat, the Charlotte Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers), averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds.

15. Acie Law: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Acie Law had an excellent four-year college career at Texas A&M.

    He was one of the top players in the Big 12 conference, even during his freshmen year.

    In his senior year, Law was selected as a first-team AP All American. He was also named as the Bob Cousy Award winner, an honor given to the nation's top point guard.

    Law was the first Texas Aggie to be unanimously selected to the All-Big 12 first team.

    He was also named Big 12 Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News.

    Law finished his college career averaging 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

    He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 NBA Draft with the 11th pick.

    In four NBA seasons playing on five teams, Law has averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 assists per game

14. Juan Dixon: Maryland Terrapins

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    Juan Dixon had an outstanding college career at Maryland.

    He was a three-time first-team All-ACC selection.

    He was the only player in NCAA history to accumulate 2,000 points, 300 steals and 200 three-point field goals.

    Dixon led Maryland to their first NCAA championship in his senior year in 2002 and was selected as the 2001-02 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

    He was honored as the 2002 ACC Player of the Year and ACC Athlete of the Year, and he was later honored as a part of the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team.

    Dixon was drafted 17th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2002 NBA Draft.

    He played seven years for five teams, averaging 8.4 points and 1.8 assists per game.

13. Andre Emmett: Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Andre Emmett played four great years for Texas Tech.

    Emmett averaged 17.6 points and 6.0 rebounds for his collegiate.

    In his junior year, Emmett scored 21.8 points and in his senior year he scored 20.6 points per game.

    In his final season with Texas Tech, he was selected as a second-team AP All-American.

    Emmett scored a total of 2,256 points, which made him the Red Raiders and Big 12 all-time leading scorer.

    The Seattle SuperSonics selected him as the 35th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft before trading him to the Memphis Grizzlies.

    In the 2004-05 season, his rookie year, Emmett played eight games, when he scored seven points.

    Since then, Emmett has played five years overseas.

12. Khalid El Amin: UConn Huskies

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    El Amin was named Big East Conference Rookie of the Year while being second in the team in scoring (16.0) and setting the UConn single-season scoring record for a freshman.

    He led the Huskies to win the 1999 NCAA championship game in a thriller over Duke. El Amin scored the Huskies' final four points in their riveting 77-74 victory.

    In his junior year, his final season in college basketball, El-Amin led the Huskies in scoring (16.0), assists (4.4) and steals (1.7), and he was named to the All-Big East first team and was a John Wooden Award and Naismith Award finalist.

    He was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bulls in 2000. He played one season for the Bulls, averaging 6.3 points and 3.9 assists per game.

    Since then, El Amin has played in six different international leagues, the most recent being in Lithuania.

11. Robert Traylor: Michigan Wolverines

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    While Robert Traylor was never selected as an All-American, he was a force to be reckoned with in college basketball in the late '90s.

    Traylor helped lead the Wolverines to the 1997 NIT title and was named the tournament's MVP.

    His junior year was his best, as he averaged 16.2 points and 10 rebounds while leading his team to the inaugural Big Ten Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Traylor was the No. 6 pick for the Dallas Mavericks in the 1998 NBA Draft. He was traded on draft day to the Milwaukee Bucks for German teenage prospect named Dirk Nowitzki.

    In a seven-season NBA career, Traylor averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds for five different teams.

10. Ed O'Bannon: UCLA Bruins

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    Ed O'Bannon had a very nice collegiate career at UCLA.

    For his four years, O'Bannon averaged 15.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

    Everything came together for O'Bannon in his senior year, 1994-95.

    O'Bannon was named a first-team All-American, led the Bruins to the NCAA Championship, was selected as the Final Four Most Outstanding Player and the John Wooden Award winner.

    He was selected ninth by the New Jersey Nets in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft, but only played two seasons.

    In his first year (1995-96), O'Bannon averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.

    In his second and last season, he was before the trade deadline to the Dallas Mavericks, and averaged a combined 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds.

    He played overseas in five different countries over the next five years, before retiring at 30 years of age.

9. Troy Bell: Boston College Eagles

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    Troy Bell had an outstanding four-year career at Boston College, where he averaged 21.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

    In his senior year, Bell averaged 25.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

    He was selected as Big East Player of the Year twice, joining Troy Murphy, Richard Hamilton, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin as the only players to win the award multiple times. He won the award over sensational Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony.

    Bell was also selected as second team AP All-American twice (2001, 2003).

    He ended his career breaking the record for most points scored in Boston College history with 2,632, breaking the record previously set by Dana Barros.

    Bell was drafted 16th overall by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft, but he was traded on draft night to the Memphis Grizzlies.

    Bell only played one season with the Grizzlies, averaging 1.8 points and 0.7 rebounds.

    Since then Bell has played six seasons overseas and two seasons in the NBDL.


8. Bo Kimble: Loyola Marymount

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    Bo Kimble had an exceptional college career, playing one year for USC and three years for Loyola Marymount.

    Kimble scored 22.6 points and grabbed 4.9 rebounds per game over his collegiate career.

    In his senior year, Kimble averaged an amazing 35.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, and he was selected as a second-team AP All-American.

    Kimble was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the eighth overall pick of the 1990 NBA Draft.

    He played three seasons in the NBA, averaging 5.5 points and 1.5 rebounds.

7. Trajan Langdon: Duke Blue Devils

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    Trajan Langdon had an exceptional college career at Duke.

    For his four years, he averaged 14.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

    Langdon set the school record for most career three-point field goals made (which was later broken by J.J Redick in 2006)

    He was twice selected as AP All-American (third team, 1997-98; second team, 1998-99)

    Langdon was selected 11th overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    In three years with the Cavaliers, he averaged 5.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

    Langdon still plays professionally overseas.

6. Hasheem Thabeet: UConn Huskies

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    Hasheem Thabeet's three-year collegiate career at Connecticut was a story of a meteoric rise.

    He went from not beginning to play basketball until the age of 15 to being college basketball's most feared shot blocker as a college junior.

    Thabeet averaged 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, as well as blocking a total of 418 shots for his three years as a Husky.

    As a junior, Thabeet averaged 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds and was selected as a second-team AP All-American.

    Also as a junior, he was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was co-Big East Player of the Year with Pitt's DeJuan Blair. He was named National Defensive Player of the Year.

    He was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round (second pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft. 

    After playing a handful of games in his rookie season with the Grizzlies, Thabeet was sent to the NBDL.

    In parts of two seasons, Thabeet has averaged 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

5. Adam Morrison: Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Morrison played for three years at Gonzaga University, averaging 19.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for his collegiate career.

    He was considered to be one of the top college basketball players in 2005–06.

    He was a finalist for the Naismith and the Wooden Award.

    He was named Co-Player of the Year with Duke University's J. J. Redick by the United States Basketball Writers Association and won the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award.

    Morrison was named as a 2005-06 NCAA first-team AP All-American.

    He was selected third overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.

    After playing the 2006-07 season, Morrison got injured, missing the entire year.

    In the middle of the next season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won two NBA championships.

    Morrison has played four games this year for the Washington Wizards.

4. Steve Alford: Indiana Hoosiers

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    Steve Alford was a great college basketball player, playing four years (1983-87) for Indiana University.

    Alford averaged 19.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

    He became the university's all-time leading scorer with 2,438 points—a record later eclipsed by Calbert Cheaney (who eventually went on to become the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer).

    Alford was the first player to be named the team's MVP four times.

    During his final three seasons, he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, including the Big Ten Player of the Year Award during the 1986-87 season.

    Alford was selected in both his junior and senior as a first-team AP All-American.

    In the Legends of College Basketball by The Sporting News Alford was No. 35 on the list of the 100 greatest Division-I college basketball players. When The Sporting News named its top 10 NCAA basketball players of the 1980s in December 1989, Alford was listed in the tenth slot.

    In 1987, Alford helped the Hoosiers win the NCAA championship.

    Alford was drafted by the New Jersey Nets and then immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

    In four seasons in the NBA, Alford started three games and averaged 4.4 points and 1.0 assists. 

3. Mateen Cleeves: Michigan State Spartans

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    Mateen Cleaves was a great college player.

    Cleaves was named Big Ten Player of the Year twice.

    In his final home game on senior night in East Lansing, Cleaves handed out 20 assists, breaking the Big Ten single-game and career assist marks.

    He was named three times as an AP All-American (1997-98 second team; 1998-99 first team; and 1999-2000 second team).

    Cleaves led the Spartans to the 2000 NCAA National Championship and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

    In 2000, Cleaves was drafted by the hometown Detroit Pistons with the 14th pick of the NBA Draft.

    During his rookie season, which would be his best year as a pro, Cleaves played in 78 games, averaging 5.4 points and 2.7 assists.

    Cleaves played in 89 games for four additional teams over the next five seasons.

    He finished his six-year NBA career averaging 3.6 points and 1.9 assists.

    Following his NBA years, Cleaves played for the Fayetteville Patriots and the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League, and then he played abroad with Russia's Unics Kazan and Greece's Panionios BC.


2. Michael Olowokandi: Pacific Tigers

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    Michael Olowokandi had a meteoric rise during his years at Pacific, where he averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.

    He had a breakout junior year, scoring 22.2 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds. 

    He also led the Big West Conference in blocked shots (2.8) and field-goal percentage (61.6).

    The Kandi Man's size and NBA-ready body were tantalizing and too much to pass on.

    He was drafted with the first overall pick of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

    In 500 career games, the 7-footer finished with career averages of 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. For most players, these would be considered solid NBA numbers.

    But for a first pick, Olowokandi was considered a huge disappointment.

    Sports Illustrated listed him as the No. 3 bust in NBA Draft history.

1. Chris Washburn: NC State Wolfpack

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    Chris Washburn had a short (two years) but super college career at North Carolina State, where he averaged 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

    Washburn was thought to have as much raw physical talent as just about anyone who had ever played at NC State. And that says a lot when you follow someone like David Thompson.

    But even while in Raleigh, some questioned his work ethic and his ability to play at the next level.

    Washburn was the classic case of being evaluated on that mystical and magical standard: upside.

    He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the third overall pick of the 1986 NBA Draft.

    He played 72 games over two seasons (one-and-a-half with the Warriors and part of another with the Atlanta Hawks), averaging 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

    Washburn was banned from the NBA for life in June 1989 after failing three drug tests in three years.