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Columnists | Message Board  | Jeff Fox Archive

By Jeff Fox

foxyjj@sympatico.ca

December 10th, 2005

 

College Baskeball: All-American to All-Disappointment

 

An All-American player doesn’t usually see himself on the All-Disappointment team.  An All-American college player assumes that he is going to have a long NBA career.  But is that what happens in reality?

 

By my humble estimates, in the past 10 seasons of NCAA 1st and 2nd Team All-American selections, 23% have NOT gone on to bigger and better things in the big boys’ league, the NBA.  These stats includes last year’s selections, where the only 2 that aren’t in the League yet are current NCAA seniors J.J. Redick and Dee Brown (who more than likely will both find themselves on NBA rosters after they graduate).

 

So who are the great disappointers of the past 10 seasons you ask?  Read on.

 

Part One: 1996-2000

Check CHN soon for Part Two: 2001-2005

 

Miles SimonArizona – 1998 1st Team All-American

 

You don’t find very many former 1st Team All-Americans retired and coaching by the age of 30, but that is Miles Simon’s unique story.  After averaging a modest 5 points, 3.1 boards and 1.8 assists in 4 games in Italy last year, Simon has hung up the shoes and has joined Lute Olson’s staff at his alma mater, Arizona.  Before Italy he also played in the CBA (where he was MVP), Israel, Venezuela & Turkey.  Simon played 5 games total in the NBA, scoring only 2 points total for the Orlando Magic.  Not exactly the numbers you’d expect from the 1997 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, when he helped the Wildcats to the championship.

 

Ansu Sesay - Mississippi – 1998 2nd Team All-American

 

Ansu may not be retired from ball yet, but it appears his NBA career is through.  After a senior year at Ole Miss that saw him average 18.6 points and 7.6 boards, Sesay was nothing better than a journeyman in the big league.  In 127 NBA games, Sesay average 10 minutes of action and 3.2 points per game with Seattle and Golden State.  This season finds him out of the League and into the highly competitive Italian league.  With the first place Carpisa Napoli, Ansu is averaging 11.9 points and 6.1 boards.  He also played part of last season in Italy, averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 boards per game for Sedima Roseta.

 

Evan Eschmeyer - Northwestern - 1999 2nd Team All-American

 

We have another retiree in out midst.  Mr. Eschmeyer hung up his jock after the 2004 season.  In 4 years in the NBA he played in 153 games and averaged a measly 2.8 points & 3.9 boards per for the Nets and the Mavericks.  Not All-American numbers by any stretch of the imagination.  There is no argument that Evan was a beast of a college player – 21.7 points and 10.7 boards his junior year and 19.6 points and 10.1 boards his senior campaign.  It should be noted that the Nets signed him to a 6-year, $15.8 million deal in 2000 so he should be quite comfortable in his retirement!

 

Trajan Langdon – Duke – 1999 2nd Team All-American

 

The sharp-shooting Alaskan also enjoyed a cup of coffee in the NBA.  He lasted 3 seasons and 119 games in Cleveland, averaging 5.4 points per.  Langdon has found the ball in Europe more to his liking, playing more like he did in his years with the Dukies.  He also has won something in Europe that eluded him in college – a championship.  In 2003 it was the Italian championship and in 2004 the Turkish.  He is now playing for one of the top teams in Russia – CSKA – where he is putting up 14 points per game and 43% from 3-point range.

 

Chris Porter – Auburn – 1999 2nd Team All-American

 

Being a 2nd Team All-American in 1999 was a very unlucky thing to be.  Porter is the third member of the team to find a NBA career elude him.  Porter played 51 games for Golden State in 2001, averaging 8.6 points and 3.7 boards per game.  He hasn’t seen an NBA court since.  Being arrested on drug charges probably didn’t help out his cause.  His past few seasons have been spent in Korea and now in China.

 

Chris Carrawell – Duke – 2000 1st Team All-American

 

The year 2000 was a crummy year to be an All-American also.  Half of the selections that season aren’t playing in the NBA right now.  We begin things with another Blue Devil, Carrawell.  He is the rarest exception of a 1st Team All-American selection – he didn’t play a single minute in the NBA despite being a 2nd round pick of Seattle. To add insult to injury, Duke won a National Championship the year AFTER he graduated!  Carrawell now plays in the ballers graveyard that is the ABA, averaging 19.6 points and 5.7 boards for the Rochester RazorSharks.

 

Marcus Fizer, Iowa St – 2000 1st Team All-American

 

At least Fizer has had a brief run in the NBA.  He already has 5 seasons under his belt, playing 286 games and averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 boards for the Bucks and the Bulls.  However, at the young age of 27, the 2001 NBA 2nd Team All Rookie selection and 4th overall pick in the 2000 draft finds himself out of the League and into the NBDL.  In 3 games this year with the Austin Toros Fizer is averaging 17 points and 7.3 boards per.

 

A.J. Guyton, Indiana – 2000 1st Team All-American

 

Image a Hoosier graduate who can’t cut it in the NBA?  Strange! Sorry, enough with the sarcasm.  The third 1st team selection from 2000 that didn’t cut it is A.J. Guyton.  A.J. spent parts of 3 seasons in the NBA with Chicago and Golden State, playing in 80 games and averaging 5.5 points per.  He has since been playing in the Italian league, averaging 12.3 points in 03, 8 points in 04 and 13.5 points so far this season (with Viola Reggio Calabria).

 

Courtney Alexander - Fresno St – 2000 2nd Team All-American

 

Now onto 2002 2nd Team selections that flopped.  Alexander spent the 01-03 seasons in the big leagues, playing in 187 games for Dallas, Washington & New Orleans, averaging 9 points per.  He hasn’t been heard from since rupturing his Achilles tendon in October 2003.

 

James (Scoonie) Penn - Ohio St – 2000 2nd Team All-American

 

A late 2nd round draft pick in 2000, Penn hasn’t seen an NBA court.  Scoonie has found ball in Europe more his style however.  He finds himself in Croatia this season, back playing with Cibona who he won a National Championship with in 2004.  He has also played in Serbia, Italy and Greece and has been a top performer at each stop.

 

Stay tuned for the 2001-2005 All-American busts.

 

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