High-School Players Who Didn't Fare Well In The NBA (1 Viewer)

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SatelliteGuys Master
Apr 15, 2008
Many sports stars have been known to jump from the high school to the pros.

While there have been some great success stories, such as:




But for every Kobe, KG, or Lebron, there have been players that had similar hype, but couldn't deliver.

Can you list any high-schoolers who jumped to the NBA and DIDN'T pan out?

These three guys panned out, but who didn't?
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Bourbon Tester
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May 18, 2004
I'm Nationwide
Where in the world in Moses Malone in that montage above! What an injustice! (maybe even Darryl Dawkins, Tracy McGrady & Shawn Kemp)


Bourbon Tester
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May 18, 2004
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Other than those already mentioned above:

Amare Stoudemire (Cypress Creek, Orlando, Fla.) * Active
- 9th pick by Phoenix.

Dwight Howard (SW Atlanta Christian Academy, Atlanta, Ga.) * Active
- 1st pick by Orlando

Still Under Review

Al Harrington (St. Patrick's, Elizabeth, N.J.) * Active (streaky but decent)
- 25th pick by Indiana.

Rashard Lewis (Elsik, Alief, Texas) (streaky but decent, high up-side)
- 32nd overall pick by Seattle.

Tyson Chandler (Dominguez, Compton, Calif.) * Active (likely a bust a decent year this year)
- 2nd pick by LA Clippers (traded to Chicago on Draft Night).

Eddy Curry (Thornwood, South Holland, Ill.) * Active (likely a bust)
- 4th pick by Chicago.

Charlie Villanueva (Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J.) * Active (debating?)
- Not selected (Selected in 2005 by Toronto after going back to UCONN)

Josh Smith (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) * Active (likely a decent pick?)
- 17th pick by Atlanta


Bill Willoughby (Morrow, Englewood, N.J.)
- 19th pick by Atlanta.


Taj McDavid (Palmetto, Williamston SC)
- Not selected.

Korleone Young (Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va.)
- 40th pick by Detroit.

Ellis Richardson (Poly, Sun Valley, Calif.)
- Not selected.

Jonathan Bender (Picayune, Miss.)
- 5th pick by Toronto.

Leon Smith (M.L. King, Chicago, Ill.)
- 29th pick by San Antonio.

Darius Miles (East St. Louis, Ill.) * Active
- 3rd pick by LA Clippers.

DeShawn Stevenson (Washington, Easton, Calif.) * Active
- 23rd pick by Utah.

DeSagana Diop (Oak Hill, Mouth of Wilson, Calif.) * Active
- 8th pick by Cleveland.

Ousmane Cisse (St. Jude Catholic, Montgomery, Ala.)
- 47th pick by Denver.

Tony Key (Centennial, Compton, Calif.)
- Not selected.

DeAngelo Collins (Inglewood, Ca.)
- Not selected.

Lenny Cooke (North Regional Valley, Old Tappan, N. J.)
- Not selected.


Travis Outlaw (Starkville, Ms.) * Active
- 23rd pick by Portland

Ndudi Ebi (Westbury Christian, Houston, Tx.)
- 26th pick by Minnesota

Kendrick Perkins (Ozen, Beaumont, Tx.) * Active
- 27th pick by Memphis

James Lang (Central Park Christian, Birmingham, Al.)
- 48th pick by New Orleans

Shaun Livingston (Peoria Central, Peoria, Il.) * Active
- 4th pick by LA Clippers

Robert Swift (Bakersfield, Ca.) * Active
- 12th pick by Seattle

Sebastian Telfair (Lincoln, Brooklyn, N.Y.) * Active
- 13th pick by Portland

Al Jefferson (Prentiss, Ms.) * Active
- 15th pick by Boston

J.R. Smith (St. Benedict's Prep, Newark, N.J.) * Active
- 18th pick by New Orleans

Dorell Wright (South Kent Prep, South Kent, Ct.) * Active
- 19th pick by Miami

Jackie Butler (McComb, Ms.) * Active
- Not selected

2005: (too new?)
Martell Webster (Seattle Prep, Wa.) * Active
--6th pick by Portland

Andrew Bynum (St Joseph HS, Metuchen, N.J.) * Active (debating?)
--10th pick by Los Angeles

Gerald Green (Gulf Shores Academy, Houston, Tx.) * Active
--18th pick by Boston

C.J. Miles (Skyline, Dallas, Tx.) * Active
--34th pick by Utah

Ricky Sanchez (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fl.)
--35th pick by Portland

Monta Ellis (Lanier, Jackson, Ms.) * Active (debate? very streaky, decent year though?)
--40th pick by Golden State

Louis Williams (South Gwinnett, Snellville, Ga.) * Active
--45th pick by Philadelphia

Andray Blatche (South Kent Prep, Ct.) * Active
--49th pick by Washington

Amir Johnson (Westchester, Los Angeles, Ca.) * Active
--56th pick by Detroit
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Bourbon Tester
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May 18, 2004
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Nope, will be 40 next month and hold a full-time job at Nike and also run a coffee biz on the side; but I am always on a PC.
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SatelliteGuys Pro
Sep 20, 2007
I dont think I would consider Al Jefferson a bust, with his numbers could've been an all star if he didn't lay for the lowly Wolves, and Deshawn Stevenson has had good years in Washington
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