With the "draft the stache" campaign deep in our rear view mirrors, I got to thinking about the players that I've been dead wrong about. These are college players that I saw and said to myself, "self, that guy is going to be great!" I whiffed on many, but I'l also tell you about a couple that I got right.
I do have some perimeters.
1) The players must be no higher than late lotto picks. Example: Julian Wright
2) No "I just knew LeBron would be fantastic" comments.
You get the picture.
I'll start with Ed O'bannon UCLA and Anthony Taylor UofO. I just had a feeling they would take the NBA, no question.
Others that I liked were, Jose Ortiz OSU and Yvon Joseph Geogia Tech (played C next to John Salley.)
But the player that I would have bet my bicycle on (at the time I was too young for a car) was Ronnie Murphy. Wow! That guy was great! or so I thought. For those that don't remember, Ronnie Murphy was going to help give Drexler rest late in his Portland career. Murphy was a UNBELIEVABLE deep shooter, but couldn't stay away from his own Buffet of Goodness. He was always overweight. I thought that he clearly was better than Shawn Respert or Byron Irvin, but I was wrong. They never amounted to much either.
Now for my good picks.
My pick last year was Thad Young and I still think he'll be very good.
This year's pick: Kosta Koufos. Now that Utah has him, I hope I'm wrong.