Forte - North Carolina – 2001 1st Team All-American
2001 was another rough year
for 1st Team All-Americans, what with 3 out of the 5 selections
currently out of the NBA. The first of these is former Tar Heel standout
Joe Forte. A 2001 first round draft pick of the Celtics, Forte played only
8 games with Boston that season and 17 with Seattle the following year. He
played a grand total of 125 minutes in the League, scoring a whopping total
of 30 points. So at the age of 22 Forte found himself out of the NBA.
After averaging 11.9 points per for the NBDL champs the Asheville Altitude,
Forte has recently signed with Apollon Patras of Greece’s top league. In 2
games in Greece Joe is averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 assists per game.
Jacobsen – Stanford – 2001 1st Team All-American, 2002 2nd
Jacobsen just recently found
himself off of an NBA roster. After playing his first 2 seasons with
Phoenix, the Suns traded Casey to the Hornets part way through last season
(Casey’s third in the league). He has currently played 234 NBA games
averaging 5.9 points per game. This season he has taken his show on the
road, to Tau Ceramica Vitoria in Spain, one of the top teams in Europe. Tau
has three other former NBA players on its roster – Kornel David, Travis
Hansen & Predrag Drobnjak – along with Raptor draft pick Roko Ukic and top
NBA draft prospect Tiago Splitter. Jacobsen is averaging a modest 6.7
points per game through the team’s first 11 Spanish League games, and only
4.6 points in its 6 Euroleague games.
Williams – Duke – 2001 & 2002 1st Team All-American, 2002
consensus Player of the Year
The fact that Jason Williams
isn’t still playing in the NBA has nothing to do with his skill level.
After being the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft (behind Yao Ming),
Williams had a solid rookie campaign with the Bulls, averaging 9.5 points
and 4.7 assists and earning 2nd Team All-NBA Rookie honors.
Injuries sustained in a horrific motorcycle accident the summer after his
rookie year has put his basketball career on hold. Williams is working hard
at a comeback, but he still isn’t 100% over 2 years after the crash.
Bell - Boston College – 2001 & 2003 2nd Team All-American
Troy had a stellar college
career with the Eagles that saw him graduate with averages of 21.6 points, 4
boards and 3.5 assists through his four years in college. He has only
played 6 NBA games and 34 minutes total due to injuries and the fact that he
is a “tweener” (not a point guard, too small for the shooting guard spot).
He played 2 games in Spain last season, averaging 3 points per game. He
played 1 pre-season game with the Hornets this year and hasn’t been heard
Logan - Cincinnati – 2002 1st Team All-American
A 2002 second round pick of
Golden State, Logan has yet to play a minute in the NBA. He played in the
ABA before moving overseas. He is currently starring in Turkey, averaging
20.3 points (second in the league) and 5 assists (fourth in the league) per
game. He has recently been suspended two games for insulting a referee.
Clancy - Southern California – 2002 2nd Team All-American
Another 2002 second round
pick, Clancy also hasn’t seen an NBA court. He missed the entire 02-03
season with a knee injury. He went on to the CBA where he was an All-League
performer and Defensive Player of the Year. He played last season in Spain
before getting a tryout with the Blazers this pre-season.
Gardner - Arizona – 2003 2nd Team All-American
The diminutive Gardner
didn’t even get drafted by an NBA team, perhaps his size scaring off teams.
He has since bounced around Europe, playing in Slovenia, Belgium and finally
this season in Israel’s top league. In four games this year he is averaging
13 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per.
Price – Oklahoma – 2003 2nd Team All-American
Price also went undrafted
and has bounced around in Europe. He played his first 2 pro seasons in
France, making the all-star team both years. After playing this past summer
with the Houston Rockets’ summer league squad, Price has moved to Germany.
He is averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 boards & 3.6 assists for Alba Berlin this
Emmett - Texas Tech – 2004 1st Team All-American
Scoring 7 points, playing 8
games and 28 minutes total in the NBA thus far, Emmett has disappointed.
However, he is currently playing well in the D-league, averaging 18 points
and 6.5 boards for the Austin Toros.
Stepp - Gonzaga – 2004 2nd Team All-American
A late 2004 draft choice of
Minnesota, Stepp hasn’t made it into the big show yet. Blake started his
career in Serbia, with his team winning the league championship. Stepp
caught on with Cleveland’s summer league team this past summer before going
back overseas, this season playing in Spain. In 3 games this year he is
averaging 10 points and 2.3 assists per game.
So who are the worst
offenders on this list of top 20 disappointers (for the first 10
read part one)? Here they are in my estimation: