Normally, attacking college kids is off limits to sports journalists, but with the rapid degradation of college talent in the NCAA and the gross overestimation of professional talent in its ranks, something had to give. The college basketball players below will leave their alma mater as awesome college players but mediocre to terrible professional basketball players.
Harrison Barnes – He entered college with all the hype of the next Kobe Bryant, the next great scorer with a complete mid range game. His game has been completely lackluster so far. In his freshman season, Barnes shot a woeful 42.1% from the field. He returned to school to work on his game and upped that average to 50% at the beginning of the season. But, by its end he had a “whopping” 44.0% field goal percentage last season. Barnes was predicted to be a Player of the Year candidate and he was much improved until his point guard broke some bones in his wrist. Apparently, all of Barnes’ improvement was not due to hard work and better understanding of the game. It was all due to having a guy that could set him up.
Jared Sullinger – Sullinger is another POY candidate who scouts have over-valued. He is strong in the post, he rebounds well, and he seems to hit big shots. Sullinger seems like a bright kid with a good head on his shoulders, but he is undersized and not very explosive. In college, he can bully the guys that he can not jump over because he is so strong compared to the average college athlete. However, he does not have elite NBA strength, size, rebounding, or leaping ability. Though he has a good set shot, his shot is not on par with NBA star Kevin Love, so he can not stretch the floor to compensate for his lack of explosiveness. Sullinger is a great college player, but he will be role player at best at the next level.
Kendall Marshall – Kendall Marshall is now rated as the number two point guard that is available in the draft this year on most NBA mock draft boards. He does have the second highest assists per game average in the nation with 9.8 per game, but he is also slow in transition with a terrible jumpshot and no discernible scoring prowess. Plus, his assist numbers are somewhat bloated because he is passing the basketball to at least three NBA players who are playing as and against college athletes.
Tyshawn Taylor – Tyshawn Taylor is an enigma. At times, he looks extremely explosive and dynamic, but he never really dominates. In his best games, he does not seem to have a huge impact on the impact of the game. The only place on the floor where he looks spectacular is in the open floor. He languishes in half court sets. He is not a great shooter though he does not have poor mechanics. Tyshawn Taylor is a combo guard who is not necessarily good at scoring or passing.
Terrance Jones – Jones is a 6’9″, 245 pound kid with decent footwork and range out to the three point line. He can score effectively from down in the blocks and out on the floor, but is probably more efficient from the middle of the floor in the high post where he can drive past defenders or feed the low post. Though he will probably be a lottery pick, he is overrated because he has no discernible position. He plays too soft to be a true power forward and does not have the necessary explosiveness to be a swing man. Terrance Jones could be a star in the NBA or fade out of the league in five years.
Jeff Withey – Jeff Withey is a true 7-footer with long wingspan and good vertical. He is a former volleyball player with good timing and and a penchant for blocking shots. Last year, Withey won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award because he averaged 3.5 blocks per game. However, he only averages 6.2 rebounds a game and he often looks completely out of place on both ends of the basketball court. With the length and athleticism that Withey possesses, he should at least be dominant on the defensive end of the court. And being good on the defensive end of the court includes defensive rebounding. Withey is overrated.
Doug McDermott – Who in the hell is Doug McDermott? No one knows.
Andre Drummond – Andre Drummond is Derrick Favors 2.0. General managers will inevitably take him high in the draft and be disappointed. He is extremely physically gifted, but does not have a game that matches his size and talent level. Drummond was only marginally good as a college player and he disappeared in the tournament. Andre Drummond is one of the most overrated players in college.
Aaron Craft – If you are member of the Craft family, a fan of Ohio State, or a member of any college sports media, then look away now. Aaron Craft is a terrible basketball player despite what any sports guy tells you. He has no discernible basketball talent other than drawing charges. He can not shoot, he can not dribble, and he can not pass. The sports media world lauds him for his defensive prowess, but that is grossly inflated by the quick whistles of the NCAA. Aaron Craft seems like a good person, but he is not a good basketball player.