Ranking College Basketball's Biggest 5-Star Busts of the Past Decade
Heed this warning, college basketball fans convinced that your highly touted incoming freshmen cannot possibly fail: Not all 5-star recruits were meant to be stars.
The recruiting industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade to the point where a 5-star rating is now almost a guaranteed ticket to the NBA.
More than 90 percent of the best of the best fulfill expectations by making a huge impact—at least in college, and frequently in the NBA.
But every once in a while, we get a major bust.
Whether it was due to injury, lack of playing time, poor fit with the program or just plain stupid life decisions, these 20 5-star recruits from the past decade really failed to live up to the hype.
One impressive side note before we dive in: Three of the top 15 players on the list began their collegiate careers at Kansas. For Bill Self to win 11 straight Big 12 titles while signing more duds than any other coach is just ridiculous.
Daniel Orton, Kentucky (2009-10)
Obviously, John Wall was not a bust, but the big man he's talking to in the above photograph certainly was.
Orton was a backup big man on John Calipari's first Kentucky team. He played alongside Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins, each of whom averaged at least 11 points per game for the 35-3 'Cats before declaring for the draft. Orton, on the other hand, put up just 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a freshman but decided to go pro anyway.
However, he was taken with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, so at least he made a decent chunk of change while appearing in a grand total of 51 games in the past four seasons.
Marcus Lee, Kentucky (2013-Present)
Don't worry, Big Blue Nation, Orton and Lee are your only representation on the list. Frankly, it's pretty remarkable that Calipari signed 21 5-star recruits from 2009 to 2014 without getting any complete train wrecks.
Lee has averaged just 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his two seasons in Lexington. If he had been part of the mass exodus this past April, he definitely would have earned a spot in the top 10. But there's no way I'm going to completely write off a guy who hasn't even finished his college career.
It took Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas four years to finally pan out as a 5-star recruit, but much better late than never. This might be the year Lee finally explodes.
DaJuan Coleman, Syracuse (2012-Present)
As was the case with Lee, I'm unwilling to put Coleman in the top 20 because he still has a chance to redeem himself. Although, let's just say we're not getting too optimistic about a big man who has only been healthy enough to log 4.5 minutes per Syracuse game over the past three years.
DeQuan Jones, Miami (2008-12)
The 247 Sports recruiting database only goes back to 2003, but Jones is the only 5-star recruit to sign with the Hurricanes during that window of more than a decade.
Had they known he would average just 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game over the course of his four seasons, they probably would have targeted someone else.
Despite those lackluster collegiate numbers, Jones had an extended cup of coffee in the NBA, appearing in 63 games during the 2012-13 season with the Orlando Magic.
Greg Oden, Ohio State (2006-07)
Widely regarded as one of the biggest NBA busts of the past decade—mostly because he was taken with the No. 1 pick instead of Kevin Durant—Oden actually had an incredible season with the Buckeyes while playing with a surgically repaired right wrist.
Oden isn't even remotely an actual candidate for this list, but we mention him here as a reminder that we're really just interested in guys who failed to deliver on expectations in college. We've merely included their NBA statistics (or lack thereof) on each slide as evidence that they never did turn things around.
20. Keith "Tiny" Gallon, Oklahoma (2009-10)
College Stats: 30 games, 10.3 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 0.8 BPG
NBA Stats: None
One of just two players on the list to average at least 10 points per game in college, Tiny Gallon's story is one that is becoming all too familiar.
Compared to their 30-6 Elite Eight season in 2008-09, the Sooners were positively dreadful in Gallon's one year of college hoops. Despite the 13-18 record, though, the McDonald's All-American said on March 10, 2010 that he was planning on returning for another year.
Eight days later, that changed in a hurry.
TMZ reported on March 18 that Jeffrey Hausinger, a Merrill Lynch financial adviser, had deposited $3,000 into an account shared by Gallon and his mother. With the early-entry deadline fast approaching and ineligibility almost certainly in his immediate future, Gallon chose to declare for the draft.
In late May, he told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv his side of the story: "Oak Hill wouldn't release my transcript under no circumstances, and my mother had to do what she had to do. She got the money from [Hausinger] got my transcript out of Oak Hill Academy. I got a single mother. When she got the money, she paid the financial adviser back through my freshman year."
Though Gallon was taken with the 47th pick in that year's draft, he has yet to make an appearance in the NBA. Had he been able to stay in school for one more season, it probably would have been a much different story, because he had the raw talent to develop into something special.
19. Stanley Robinson, Connecticut (2006-10)
College Stats: 126 games, 9.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.0 APG
NBA Stats: None
For most players, four mostly healthy seasons with a career scoring average of nearly 10 points per game would be cause for celebration. Stanley Robinson was supposed to be more than that.
Perhaps he would have been a star if he had played anywhere else.
Unlike many 5-star studs who are all but guaranteed the lion's share of the scoring from the very first game they play, Robinson was stuck behind both Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien on the frontcourt depth chart for his first three seasons.
Despite being built like a conventional power forward, his "adapt or die" ultimatum was to become a combo forward. It never really worked. Though he shot fairly well from three-point range in his first two seasons, he never looked fully comfortable on the court. By the end of his junior year, he was a disaster.
A scout for Draft Express wrote in March 2009: "His ball-handling skills have not improved at all, nor has his midrange game. It’s kind of tough to play the small forward position when struggling to have one single offensive skill that distinguishes you as a wing. Robinson’s offensive output this season has basically solely been buckets that were scored off of his athleticism."
With Adrien and Thabeet out of the picture for Robinson's senior season, things finally started to click. He averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. However, it was too little, too late. He just barely sneaked into the 2010 draft with the 59th pick but has yet to play in the NBA.
18. Magnum Rolle, LSU/Louisiana Tech (2005-10)
College Stats: 126 games, 8.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.4 BPG
NBA Stats: None
If we had focused solely on his production at the school he initially signed with, Magnum Rolle would have been a lock for a spot in the top five.
While hopelessly searching for playing time behind Glen Davis, Tasmin Mitchell and Tyrus Thomas, Rolle averaged just 3.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game during his two seasons with LSU before transferring to Louisiana Tech.
Once with the Bulldogs, though, he really turned things around.
One would hope for more than 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game from a 5-star recruit playing in the WAC, but those numbers were way better than he was posting with the Tigers. Moreover, Louisiana Tech had a 29.0 winning percentage in the year before Rolle's arrival and after his departure but won 57.4 percent of its games with him on the roster.
Already 24 years of age thanks to the redshirt year after transferring, Rolle was taken with the 51st pick of the 2010 NBA draft and really impressed in summer-league play. Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien said of Rolle, "He's been by far the best player by a large margin [in camp]. He has dominated everything. He has scored. He has rebounded. He has defended well. He has a surprisingly high basketball IQ. He shoots really well and pursues every offensive rebound."
However, he never made it onto a regular-season NBA roster. Despite a couple of good years at LA Tech and a few nice showings in the summer league, Rolle's career ultimately boils down to a player who couldn't cut it in the SEC and never made it to the NBA.
17. Milton Jennings, Clemson (2009-13)
College Stats: 123 games, 7.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.0 APG
NBA Stats: None
Five-star basketball players and Clemson don't often go hand in hand. In fact, in the past 13 years, the Tigers have signed just two players ranked by 247 Sports in the top 75 of their respective class—both in 2009.
More than anything else, that's what made Milton Jennings' lackluster career so frustrating.
"There is plenty of reason for optimism at Clemson," penned a Draft Express scout in April 2009, "as Jennings looks like he will make an impact for the Tigers right away. If he can improve the consistency of his shot while getting a little tougher with the basketball, then we could be looking at an all-conference-caliber player a couple of years down the road."
Not only did the Tigers not get better with the McDonald's All-American on the roster, but they got substantially worse. In each of the three years before Jennings, Clemson won at least 69 percent of its games. In his four seasons, that number plummeted from .654 in his freshman year to .419 in his final year.
At 6'9" with wingspan for days, Jennings was a solid defender who never figured out his role on offense. Rather than adding the necessary strength and post moves to become a power forward or striving to improve his perimeter game, he was a four-year combo forward who wasn't great in either department. He shot 41.4 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from three-point range in his career at Clemson.
16. Fab Melo, Syracuse (2010-12)
College Stats: 63 games, 4.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.8 BPG
NBA Stats: 6 games, 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG
Instead of being remembered as the 2012 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Fab Melo's legacy with Syracuse will always be that of a student-athlete who failed to take the first part of that responsibility seriously enough.
Syracuse was one of the favorites to win the 2012 national championship. Thanks in large part to Melo's 7.8 points and 2.9 blocks per game, the Orange spent the entire season ranked in the Top Five of the AP poll and earned the No. 2 overall seed on Selection Sunday.
Unfortunately, despite substantial, unprecedented and unethical efforts by Syracuse to keep him on the court, as outlined by Syracuse.com's Chris Carlson this past March, Melo was ruled academically ineligible on multiple occasions during his sophomore season. He missed three games in January—the first of which was Syracuse's only loss of the regular season—and was unable to play in the tournament.
In the end, he wasn't on the court when the team needed him the most, he has played a grand total of 36 minutes in the NBA, and Syracuse's basketball program is going to spend the next several years paying the price for the academic fraud. Melo was really good for a couple of months, but the subsequent fallout and complete lack of success in the pros make him a 5-star bust.
15. Josh Selby, Kansas (2010-11)
College Stats: 26 games, 7.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.2 APG
NBA Stats: 38 games, 2.2 PPG, 0.9 APG, 0.5 RPG
Like several others on the list, Josh Selby's status as a bust wasn't so much because of what he did on the court but rather the difficulty he had getting on it.
Selby was a monster in high school. 247 Sports evaluated him as the fourth-best player in the class of 2010, but Rivals had him at the top of its chart. Bill Self has been reining in 5-star recruits left and right for the past few years, but Selby was the best player he had ever signed to that point in time.
Then came the NCAA's eligibility hammer.
Selby's relationship with Robert "Bay" Frazier became an issue. According to an April 2010 story by Kevin Armstrong of the New York Times, Frazier went to elementary school with Selby's mother, but he was also the business manager for Carmelo Anthony. It was the latter that would eventually lead to Selby being suspended for the first nine games of the season.
When he finally did get to play, he showed signs of being as good as advertised. Through 13 games, he averaged 12.0 points and 3.2 assists per game, but an injured foot/ankle caused him to miss three games before posting poor numbers for the rest of the season.
He probably should have come back for another season, but as Pat Forde wrote for ESPN, Selby never seemed interested in one year of college, let alone two of them. Regardless of what happened during the 2010-11 season, he was likely going to declare for the 2011 draft.
He did get taken with the 49th pick and spent some time in the NBA, but it has been a far cry from the type of career that everyone projected for him.
14. Renardo Sidney, Mississippi State (2009-12)
College Stats: 48 games, 11.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.8 BPG
NBA Stats: None
Start a conversation about college basketball's biggest disappointments of the past decade, and it's only a matter of moments before Renardo Sidney's name is uttered.
By the time he was 14, Sidney was a 6'8", 230-pound giant. Before he was even old enough to play varsity basketball, he was already bigger than most NBA players.
It was more than just his size, though. The kid could ball. As Rob Dauster wrote in his piece on Sidney for NBC Sports this past January:
Sidney's unique skill set made him impossible to ignore. He could handle the ball, he could shoot, he could lead the break, he could throw no-look passes, he could back you down and dunk on you. He was a right-handed Lamar Odom, another Chris Webber. Some thought him the second-coming of Magic Johnson.
Hard to believe that a guy with those comparisons never played in the NBA, right?
Well, he was suspended for his entire freshman season and the first nine games of his sophomore year because of impermissible benefits. When he finally did get on the court, it took less than a week for him to get into a fist fight with a teammate in the stands, leading to another suspension.
All things told, it's actually pretty remarkable that he played 48 games with Mississippi State. His career easily could have ended that night in Hawaii, but he returned from the very short hiatus to average 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game against SEC opponents.
Because of that first (abridged) season, Sidney almost didn't even make it onto this list. While brief, his period of great play was better than that of any other player in our top 20. But he had a subpar second year with Mississippi State (9.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG) before an ill-advised decision to declare for the 2012 draft.
His name wasn't called, and aside from "Where are they now?" types of discussions, it has rarely been spoken since.
13. Cliff Alexander, Kansas (2014-15)
College Stats: 28 games, 7.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.3 BPG
NBA Stats: None (yet)
There aren't very many players on the list who started their college career in the past five years, but Cliff Alexander was too big and too recent to ignore.
Less than a year ago, Alexander was unanimously going to be a lottery pick in 2015. Many saw him as the second-best prospect in the nation behind Duke's Jahlil Okafor.
But pretty much everything that could have gone wrong, did.
Alexander suffered a foot injury last summer that kept him from developing or practicing enough to make a full impact when the season began. Despite possessing arguably more talent than any other Jayhawk, he started just one of the team's first 23 games—it just so happened to be the one in which they were inexplicably slaughtered by Temple.
Head coach Bill Self frequently lamented about Alexander's inconsistent energy level, attributing his not-quite-optimal minutes to a not-quite-optimal motor, per B/R's C.J. Moore.
Alexander played through back pain and a bruised sternum and was finally starting to make an impression in the starting lineup when the reports began to surface that his eligibility was being investigated. He missed the final eight games of the season before declaring for a league that no longer wanted him just a few months removed from dying to get its hands on him.
Still, for an oft-injured guy who couldn't get out of his coach's doghouse, Alexander put up respectable numbers and may still find his way into the NBA. It's just a shame we never got a chance to really see him shine.
12. Dominic Cheek, Villanova (2009-12)
College Stats: 97 games, 7.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 APG
NBA Stats: None
A classic AAU case, a McD A-A who never learned how to play the game but was nonetheless overhyped from the time he was 15. ... Unfortunately, Cheek's low hoop-IQ and inability to shoot was an impediment to Nova's progress the last couple of years. He has zero chance of making an NBA roster but I think he knows that. He's from a poor family and just needs to make some coin and he'll be able to send something significant back from wherever he lands in Europe.
That's harsh but understandable frustration after Villanova's worst season since 1992-93.
Compared to Jay Wright's usual methodology of getting guys from slightly below the radar and developing them into crucial pieces over the course of four years, Cheek was a pretty big disappointment.
Then again, what possible chance did he have for his first two seasons? Cheek's freshman year was Scottie Reynolds' senior year, and the Wildcats still had two years remaining of both Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher. There was simply no room in the backcourt until his third season, when he finally averaged 30.5 minutes and 12.5 points per game.
By that time, though, everyone had forgotten about his impressive high school stats, and no one was paying attention as Villanova stumbled its way through a 13-19 season.
He may not be the biggest bust on the list, but for someone who played three seasons, Cheek is certainly one of the most forgettable names.
11. Micah Downs, Kansas/Gonzaga (2005-09)
College Stats: 97 games, 8.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.2 APG
NBA Stats: None
As was the case with Magnum Rolle, if we were to concern ourselves solely with the production of each 5-star recruit at the school with which he began his collegiate career, Micah Downs would be one of the five biggest busts ever. The 6'8" wing appeared in just 13 games with Kansas, tallying a grand total of 56 points and 28 rebounds before transferring to Gonzaga.
Switching schools was nothing new for him.
Bud Withers of the Seattle Times told the sad story of the talented natural whose controlling, now-estranged father was largely to blame for the fact that he attended seven high schools in four years.
One of his many coaches said, "The problem, the dad even said to me a couple of times, 'Micah's going to sign with the NBA out of high school.' Right then and there, it was pretty noticeable it was going to be a real issue."
It was still allowed back in 2005, but Micah didn't make that leap straight to the pros. He didn't give himself much of a chance at Kansas either, telling Withers, "I didn't fit very well with Coach Self. Also, I probably didn't give it the greatest opportunity. I didn't trust anybody."
He never even became a star with the Bulldogs—8.6 points per game over the course of 2.5 seasons hardly screams "McDonald's All-American." But he did develop into a better player, teammate and man than most from his past probably could have thought possible. That's just enough to keep him out of our top 10.
10. Grant Jerrett, Arizona (2012-13)
College Stats: 34 games, 5.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.0 BPG
NBA Stats: 8 games, 2.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG
In 2012, Arizona had one of the best recruiting classes in the entire country. Kaleb Tarczewski was widely regarded as a future star at the center position, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley were both 5-star power forwards and Gabe York was a darn fine addition as a 4-star shooting guard.
Three of those four names you certainly recall, as Ashley, York and "Zeus" have each been key pieces over the past two seasons. But unless you remember Jerrett from following him on the recruiting trail, his might be an unfamiliar name.
That's because he spent just one season with Arizona, battling Solomon Hill, Kevin Parrom, Ashley and Tarczewski for playing time before becoming perhaps the most surprising early entrant to the draft.
When he was on the court, Jerrett was pretty solid. Similar to a Kyle Wiltjer or Frank Kaminsky, the 6'10" Jerrett attempted more three-pointers than two-pointers and connected on 40.5 percent of them.
However, it was readily apparent that his playing time wouldn't be increasing. With Ashley and Zeus back for another year and Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson already signed for 2013-14, Jerrett decided to pack his bags and declare for the draft.
Had he followed in Wiltjer's footsteps and transferred instead of trying to turn pro after a below-average freshman season, not only would he not be on this list, but he might have been on our list of the top players to watch this season.
Instead, he has spent the vast majority of the past two years in the D-League.
9. Ricky Ledo, 'Providence' (2012)
College Stats: None
NBA Stats: 28 games, 3.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG
Where exactly should we rank Ricky Ledo?
He never played a collegiate game, but he has scored more points in the NBA than the combined total of the other 19 players on the list.
"The thing that gets me upset sometimes is he gets a bad rep," Ledo's father told Tim Casey special for USA Today Sports this past April. "He's not a bad kid. He's never been in trouble. He's never been arrested. … He grew up in a loving environment. It gets me upset when people talk about a broken home."
He simply didn't have enough credits to be ruled academically eligible.
Ledo practiced with the Friars and took classes in hopes of becoming eligible to play in the second semester, but it never happened. And rather than waiting to find out if he would be reinstated for his sophomore year, he went straight to the NBA draft.
Despite more than a year without playing a game, Ledo was a good enough prospect out of high school that he was taken with the 43rd pick.
His first 16 games with the Mavericks were nothing special, but he had a nice showing with the Knicks late in the 2014-15 season, averaging 7.4 points per game for a team in tank mode.
If that's all he ever accomplishes in the NBA, maybe he belongs a few spots higher on the list. However, it looks like his chance at redemption is much more attainable than anyone else's.
8. Delvon Roe, Michigan State (2008-11)
College Stats: 109 games, 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
NBA Stats: None
Some of these stories are sad in the sense that it's painful to see talented players throw that talent away on poor life decisions.
Heading into his junior year of high school, Roe was one of the most highly touted and heavily recruited power forwards in the country. He received offers from Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio State before deciding to become a Spartan in April 2007.
By the time he arrived on campus in the fall of 2008, he was barely even a shell of his former self.
A devastating knee injury that eventually resulted in microfracture surgery robbed him of his senior year of high school hoops. He then proceeded to play through a torn meniscus for much of his sophomore season, necessitating arthroscopic surgery just two weeks after the season ended.
Give him all the credit in the world, though. Despite playing through degenerative knee pain, Roe didn't miss a single game in his three seasons at Michigan State.
Sad story or not, we had to put Roe on the list. He gave about seven stars worth of effort, but he didn't remotely produce at a 5-star level, consistently averaging six points and five rebounds per game each season.
7. Dante Taylor, Pittsburgh (2009-13)
College Stats: 136 games, 5.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.6 BPG
NBA Stats: None
According to Dante Taylor's bio on PittsburghPanthers.com, he was named a McDonald's All-American while averaging 23.8 points (665 total) and 13 rebounds per game in his final year of high school hoops. He recorded 23 double-doubles in 28 games.
He was Pittsburgh's first McDonald's All-American since 1987 and was joining a team that earned a No. 1 seed in the 2009 NCAA tournament. Big things were expected of both him and the Panthers in the immediate future.
Though Pittsburgh had a couple of solid years while he was there, he spent his entire career inexplicably buried on the depth chart, never ranking higher than seventh on the team in scoring average. In 136 collegiate games he scored a total of 681 points and tallied just three double-doubles—against South Florida, Duquesne and Delaware State, no less.
What's most strange about Taylor's situation is that he should have had every opportunity to succeed.
Pittsburgh had some great guards, but Gary McGhee—may his ankles forever rest in peace—was the only other true frontcourt player on the roster for Taylor's first two seasons. There were Talib Zanna, Khem Birch and Steven Adams later on, but given what he did in high school, Taylor should have already been established as the team's primary big man by then.
That didn't happen, though. He never averaged so much as 19 minutes or 6.0 points per game in a season.
6. Wally Judge, Kansas State/Rutgers (2009-14)
College Stats: 115 games, 5.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.7 BPG
NBA Stats: None
Once upon a time, Kansas State was turning into the place to be. Frank Martin had signed Bill Walker and Michael Beasley in back-to-back years, and Wally Judge was supposed to be the next big thing in that lineage.
Instead, he averaged 3.3 points per game as a freshman and straight up quit the team in the middle of a sophomore year still spent backing up Curtis Kelly and Jamar Samuels.
At least at Kansas State, he was struggling to get playing time for a team that averaged 26 wins per year and made the tournament in both of his seasons with the program.
What was the excuse at Rutgers?
Yes, he improved his averages to 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game with the Scarlet Knights, but he had more raw athleticism than any other player that team has signed in the past decade. He should have been a king! But in terms of win shares per 40 minutes, per Sports-Reference.com, he was actually worse at Rutgers (0.69) than he was at Kansas State (0.81).
After his performance in the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic, a Draft Express scout wrote, "Wally Judge was one of the revelations of the week, as few prospects here could match his combination of athleticism, versatility and upside. Judge is a 6'8" power forward with tremendous quickness and leaping ability, as he showed on a number of occasions with some incredibly explosive dunks."
After his freshman season, another Draft Express scout wrote, "While Judge still has some apparent gaps and weaknesses in his game, he's a fantastic athlete and plays with energy—two things that make him intriguing from a long-term NBA perspective. With a few more years to hone his game and become more well-rounded offensively, he is a player we'll inevitably evaluate again down the road."
That "inevitable" evaluation never happened, as Judge spent his final few seasons out of sight, out of mind.
5. Josiah Turner, Arizona (2011-12)
College Stats: 29 games, 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.4 APG
NBA Stats: None
A double whammy of poor play and poor decisions, Josiah Turner is arguably the biggest precautionary tale of the past half-decade.
A year before his arrival at Arizona, Brian Snow of Scout.com wrote of Turner, "Turner is a 5-star floor general who should be given the keys to the Wildcats offense right away. ... (He) has the size, athletic ability, feel for the game, and explosiveness necessary to be a day one starter, and in a point guard friendly system he should put up major numbers."
That player never showed up.
In May 2013, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg wrote about Turner's topsy-turvy path to the NBA draft:
Hailed as the next great point guard in the Arizona lineage after he chose the Wildcats over Kansas, UCLA and Louisville among others, Turner instead struggled on the court and succumbed to the temptation of a hard-partying lifestyle off it. He lost his starting job early in his freshman season, sat out a December game for disciplinary reasons and later was suspended for the rest of the season on the eve of the Pac-12 tournament.
Turner was asked to leave the program that April and chose to pursue a professional career overseas. He lasted only a few weeks in Hungary (due in part to poor living conditions) before signing with the Halifax Rainmen of Canada's National Basketball League. However, that team released him after just 15 games.
"It's frustrating that I've played against every single guard they say is better than me and I've done well," Turner told Eisenberg. "The basketball part, that's easy. That's not what I'm worried about. It's getting the teams to know that I've matured and grown into a grown man."
Unfortunately, he clashed with coaches and partied too often for the basketball part to ever shine through.
4. Chris Walker, Florida (2013-15)
College Stats: 49 games, 3.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.9 BPG
NBA Stats: None (yet)
Raise your hand if you bought into Florida as a fringe title contender last season in large part because Chris Walker was going to be a star in the paint.
It's not easy to type with one hand, but my hand is very much in the air. So are the hands of Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn and Dan Hanner, who had Walker at No. 1 on their preseason list of breakout players.
Walker fooled us all on multiple occasions.
Florida was very good throughout the first half of the 2013-14 season, but Gators fans thought they would be nearly invincible once Walker became academically eligible. Instead, he played a grand total of 87 minutes and barely made any impact.
But, hey, did you notice the incredible per-40 numbers he posted in those 87 minutes? Just think what he might be able to accomplish with a full season of eligibility and practice! And with Casey Prather, Patric Young and Will Yeguete gone, surely Walker would be the primary interior weapon on another great Florida team.
Wrong again. Not only was Walker not the star of the team, but he played fewer minutes than former team manager Jacob Kurtz. He had good per-40 numbers once again, but those only go so far when you can't manage 15 minutes per game.
Despite two poor seasons from allegedly the seventh-best prospect in the class of 2013, Walker declared for the 2015 draft to no avail. There's still a chance he'll eventually make an appearance in the NBA, but that's some kind of drop from being viewed as a potential one-and-done lottery pick two summers ago.
3. Ater Majok, Connecticut (2008-10)
College Stats: 26 games, 2.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.6 BPG
NBA Stats: None
Even if Chris Walker never plays another game of basketball in his life, he won't be as disappointing as these top three former can't-miss stars.
Ater Majok nearly went the route of Ricky Ledo. He was ruled ineligible to play for his entire freshman season and declared for the draft anyway, but he didn't hire an agent and withdrew his name shortly before the deadline to do so.
He remained ineligible for the first semester of his sophomore season, and aside from blocking a fair number of shots, he made minimal impact when he finally was allowed on the court.
The bigger disappointment, though, was the nature in which he up and disappeared before the start of the 2010-11 season.
According to David Borges of the New Haven Register, Majok said, "I didn't want to leave. I'm not stupid. Why stay around here all summer, miss the NBA circuit, and then leave? At the end of the day, I had no choice."
That sounds like he was forced out of the program, but Jim Calhoun's response to Mike Anthony of Courant.com was that Majok had spoken to him about transferring and was disappointed with his role on the team.
Regardless of what led to his departure, the end result is a guy who missed the entire 2008-09 Final Four season because of academics, scored a grand total of 59 points in his college career, never participated in the NCAA tournament and vanished just two months before a season in which the Huskies won the national championship.
Solid defender or not, it's pretty clear that Connecticut was better off without this 5-star recruit.
2. J'Mison Morgan, UCLA/Baylor (2008-13)
College Stats: 72 games, 2.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.8 BPG
NBA Stats: None
J'Mison Morgan had gigantic shoes to fill, but he was supposed to be the guy to keep UCLA among the nation's elite.
Led most recently by Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Darren Collison, the Bruins had advanced to three consecutive Final Fours by the time Morgan arrived on campus. At 6'11" and at least 275 pounds, he was the only true center on the roster, so he should have been in line for a ton of playing time.
Instead, he logged just 5.4 minutes per game in 21 games as a freshman and only marginally increased that playing time to 8.7 minutes in 19 games the following season before Ben Howland dismissed him from the team.
"There's a point in time where you have to move forward," said Howland on a conference call after the announcement.
Morgan quickly found a new home at Baylor and was granted immediate eligibility for what would prove to be his best season: a whopping 12.5 minutes, 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He redshirted the following season and played in just one game in 2012-13 before Baylor dismissed him too.
Even though he stuck around for five years, it was easily the most forgettable career among 5-star recruits who actually played a collegiate game in the past decade.
1. Keith Brumbaugh, 'Oklahoma State' (2005)
College Stats: None
NBA Stats: None
For most lists, it's pretty difficult to differentiate between the top few candidates. However when a player has (at least) 10 more arrests than he does D-I or NBA points in his career, it's pretty tough to argue for anyone else as a bigger 5-star bust.
According to Chris Harry of the Orlando Sentinel, Brumbaugh "was arrested six times over a 26-month span" by the age of 22. After leaving OK State, he went to Chipola College, only to be dismissed before playing a single game.
When he finally did get on the court with a team, though, it was pretty incredible. Several years removed from being named Florida's 2005 "Mr. Basketball," Brumbaugh averaged 36.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 4.8 steals per game with Hillsborough Community College.
After that JUCO season, many viewed him as a second-round draft pick with first-round potential, but no one was willing to take a flier on a player with this much of a checkered past. He spent some time in the D-League and appeared to be distancing himself from all those run-ins with the law in his late teens and early 20s.
In October 2010, though, Brumbaugh was arrested for discharging a firearm in a vehicle. The report from News-JournalOnline.com (via NBADraft.net) noted that it was his third arrest since that March and that there was another warrant out for his arrest in another county.
He made one more appearance in the penal system in August 2014. According to Katie Kustura of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Brumbaugh was arrested for throwing a piece of broken cinder block at a 67-year-old man and also punched him in the eye "during an apparent road-rage incident."
It was such a waste of so much talent.
Five-star rating data courtesy of 247Sports.
Kerry Miller covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @kerrancejames.