December 10th, 2005
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.
Check CHN soon for Part
– Arizona – 1998 1st Team All-American
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.
Sesay - Mississippi – 1998 2nd Team All-American
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
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!
Langdon – Duke – 1999 2nd Team All-American
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.
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.
Carrawell – Duke – 2000 1st Team All-American
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.
Fizer, Iowa St – 2000 1st Team All-American
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.
Guyton, Indiana – 2000 1st Team All-American
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
Courtney Alexander - Fresno St – 2000 2nd Team All-American
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.
(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.