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Most Overrated College Basketball Players

3 Apr

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.

17 Responses to “Most Overrated College Basketball Players”

  1. bill bowie April 27, 2012 at 7:38 AM #

    aaron craft and jared sullinger r not as bad as u say they r

    • AFM April 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM #

      Jared Sullinger will stick in the league because he rebounds well for his size and he knows how to use his butt in the paint. But, he is not an elite rebounder, he is not overwhelming in the paint, and he does not have a great jumper. With his basketball abilities as they are now, he would need to play a stretch four, but he is not skilled enough to do it. He would be lucky to have the same career as Popeye Jones (look him up if you don’t know who he is). And Aaron Craft is terrible. There is no feasible way that he is going to be in the league for more than three years. He can not shoot, he can not penetrate, and he he has no chance to succeed at the next level, yet he is regaled as a great college point guard. Wojo for Duke in the early nineties was a great point guard. He made big threes and penetrated and dished for one of the great Duke teams. He didn’t make the league. Ed Cota was a great point guard for UNC. He broke ACC passing records and assisted to pros like Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, and Shammond Williams. He didn’t make the league. Ben Woodside from North Dakota State was a pro if I ever saw one. He looked like the second coming of Steve Nash in the NCAA tournament, and he is not playing in the NBA. Why in the hell do commentators keep talking about the “defensive stopper” Aaron Craft as if he were great? I’m sure that he is a nice kid, but he is not good at anything other than flopping to get charges at the college level.

  2. bill bowie April 27, 2012 at 7:40 AM #

    neither is terrence jones or tyshawn taylor

    plus what about davis

    • AFM April 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM #

      Tyshawn Taylor has no position in the NBA, though he has the athleticism. He would be a combo guard at the next level, and unfortunately for him, combo guards are expected to be able to hit jumpshots in the NBA. His field goal percentage was under 40% in the tourney and at a point he had missed 20+ straight 3 pointers. Needless to say, Taylor shot under 30% from 3. Terrance Jones could be an All-Star. I said that, but he could also tank. He has no position and though I trust him playing the stretch four more than some other guys. He is turnover prone and I did not see a lot of improvement from last year to this year, which brings into question his work ethic. Plus, he never dominated in college despite being talented. Only a few players have better pro careers than college careers, though I think he could be one.

  3. crusty April 30, 2012 at 7:52 AM #

    i agree the OSU players are not that bad tyshawn taylor, well thats a different story

  4. joey lynche April 30, 2012 at 7:58 AM #

    doug mcdermott is a guy who needs to work at a gas station, not play basketball

    • AFM April 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM #

      I do not want to trash Doug McDermott, but I just don’t see what all the hype is about. He is not athletic and his jumper is suspect.

  5. crusty April 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM #

    i agree with bowie the OSU players r not that bad tyshawn taylor is a different story

  6. joeylynche April 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM #

    doug mcdermott should be at a gas station, not in basketball

  7. salad May 1, 2012 at 7:51 AM #

    crusty and joeylynche u repeated ur self but i do agree with u

  8. salad May 1, 2012 at 7:52 AM #

    terrence jones will probly fail for he is not as strong as other big men

  9. ghostman33 May 1, 2012 at 7:54 AM #

    davis will excell jones will fail

    but the OSU players will be better than the article says without doubt

  10. eatmydust59 May 1, 2012 at 7:56 AM #

    doug mcdermott is a total failure
    go home hillbilly

  11. the April 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM #


  12. CU Fan February 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM #

    Love reading old blogs…

    Do you know Doug now?

    • AFM February 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM #

      Okay, the ‘who the hell is this guy?’ comment was a little silicious. But, I still believe that McDermott is overrated. Great college player, but he has not faced a lot of real competition. And, what will he do at the next level? He reminds me of Adam Morrison and Jimmer Fredette (not necessarily his game but his future).

      • creighton fan July 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM #

        you sure about that?

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