Every year, 24 high school boys are chosen to take part in the McDonald's High School All-Star Game. It is presumed that these are the very best of high school basketball.
But that's not really accurate. Players have proven this time after time.
Recruiting is so vague. One kid may shoot up the ranks because a school like Duke is recruiting him, another might fall in rank because he preferred spending his summers playing with his friends rather than joining the AAU summer circuit.
Most players slip through the cracks because they may not be physically ready. Scottie Pippen was 6'1" when he went to college. He had to take a job as a student manager to get close to the basketball team at the University of Central Arkansas.
Thanks to a growth spurt of seven inches, he became the Scottie Pippen we know today.
This list is dedicated to the other unknown recruits that eventually became stars in the college game.