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    51 Comments     Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

    March Madness Heroes Turned NBA Zeros

    Ten NCAA standouts who became pro burnouts

    10. Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State

    Not only was he waived by Seattle (his fourth team in five years) earlier this season, but this man’s dancing makes Mark Madsen look like Usher.

    9. Pervis Ellison, Louisville

    Even Kwame Brown and Michael Olowokandi weren’t ditched this quickly. By trading Ellison after his rookie season, Sacramento realized “Never Nervous Pervis” was really a shook one.

    8. Khalid El-Amin, UConn

    Tubby college point guards with carb faces should work the overnight grill at White Castle, not try and guard Allen Iverson.

    7. Eric Montross, North Carolina

    Beantown’s next Great White Hope sure picked the right uniform number: dude had zero hair, zero game, zero impact.

    6. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

    During a six year NBA career, Bryce “4.4 ppg” Drew was probably joyfully mobbed by teammates only after carrying their luggage.

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    51 Responses to “March Madness Heroes Turned NBA Zeros”

    03.20.09 at 8:57 pm

    President Ward says:

    03.20.09 at 9:53 pm

    hannibal says:
    Tyus Edney, Carmelo Travieso, Edgar Padilla….

    03.21.09 at 9:32 pm

    jayanderson says:
    Just put all the Duke players on her.

    03.23.09 at 2:43 pm

    AJ says:
    Laettner made the dream team because Jordan wanted to keep Isiah Thomas off and they wanted a kid just out of college.

    03.23.09 at 3:06 pm

    J to the izz H says:
    Next up – Tyler Hansborough.

    03.23.09 at 4:00 pm

    Tampa Tuck says:
    I feel ya on that Hansborough tip, he should have went to duke!!! Coach K has to be the best coach ever, other then Grant Hill what other NBA talent has come from duke???

    03.23.09 at 4:37 pm

    JC says:
    uhmm…shane battier, carlos boozer, elton brand, luol deng. not the best of course, but decent nba players.

    03.23.09 at 4:44 pm

    Aken says:
    Seatlle hasn’t had a team to waive Cleaves this season.

    03.23.09 at 5:05 pm

    b land says:
    Dunleavy averages 15 a game. how is he an nba zero?

    03.23.09 at 5:25 pm

    rml says:
    How could Dunleavy make this list and not Bryant “Big Country” Reeves.

    03.23.09 at 5:28 pm

    rml says:
    And Ron Mercer and Christian Laettner had plenty of good seasons. But no Bryant Reeves?

    03.23.09 at 5:32 pm

    Ryan Smith says:
    couldn’t help but notice all the dukies on this list. Wheres Bobby hurly and jason williams.

    03.23.09 at 5:34 pm

    Craig says:
    Adam Morrison, anyone? You’d think NBA owners and scouts would understand that YOU DON’T DRAFT SOMEONE WHO CAN’T REBOUND OR PLAY DEFENSE. It’s not rocket science, you dips**ts.

    03.23.09 at 5:35 pm

    Brad says:
    rml – yes, Big Lumpy should definitely be on that list (though he did put together one decent season playing with Shareif)

    03.23.09 at 6:18 pm

    Jello says:
    How about J.J. Redick? And although Kwame Brown was mentioned he should be like number one since he was a number one draft pick who never amounted to more then a hill of beans.

    03.23.09 at 6:20 pm

    hctib20 says:
    might as well go ahead and put Tyler Hansbrough up there.

    03.23.09 at 6:32 pm

    Rob says:
    How can this list not include Steve Alford. Man, how old *am* I?

    03.23.09 at 7:02 pm

    David says:
    Christian Laettner and Danny Ferry both had very long and successful NBA careers. And as for Mike Dunleavy Jr, last year he averaged 19ppg and this year he is over 15ppg. Kwame Brown should have been #1.

    03.23.09 at 7:53 pm

    LonghornFan says:
    How can you put Mike Dunleavy at #3 on this list, at least he has been a starter, Did any of the bottom ten really play in the NBA? Christian Laettner was kinda productive as an NBA player. Cleaves was the best cheerleader of the bunch!!

    03.23.09 at 8:36 pm

    tre_03 says:
    Uhhh…you’re reaching by putting Dunleavy on here. Dude averaged 13.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 2.2 APG in 104 games at Duke. In the NBA he has played 500 games and averaged 12.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and 2.7 APG.

    03.23.09 at 8:59 pm

    Tampa Tuck says:
    @JC, those cats stay hurt so much I forgot all about them, except for Deng, who really only had one good year. But those guys were super stars in college and now their just role players at best or trade bait!

    03.23.09 at 9:56 pm

    Carl says:
    Do any of you follow the NBA at all? Or even read the fucking headline? God, what stupid pricks you are.

    03.24.09 at 9:30 am

    Dr_Moffett says:
    Mike Dunleavy Jr is a good player.

    03.24.09 at 10:52 am

    masgol.com » Blog Archive » Héroes de la locura universitaria de marzo, 0 en NBA says:
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    03.24.09 at 11:02 am

    TrueB says:
    @ Jello…. Kwame didn’t play college ball

    03.24.09 at 12:11 pm

    Steve says:
    Dude, you completely missed John Wallace. He has to be on this list, I kept expecting to see his name. He carried Syracuse was then a complete bust. You can almost put Sean May or Kevin Love on the list, but it may be a little too early. Heck, if we are predicting, just add Hasheem Thabeet, Kyle Singler, and Lavance Fields.

    03.24.09 at 12:42 pm

    Erik says:
    How about J.J. Redick? And although Kwame Brown was mentioned he should be like number one since he was a number one draft pick who never amounted to more then a hill of beans..

    03.24.09 at 1:06 pm

    bob says:
    any big slow white playa

    03.24.09 at 1:10 pm

    luke says:
    if ur gonna mention duke players, where the heck is jayson(sorry i think its just jay now) williams and trajan langdon?

    03.24.09 at 2:25 pm

    chris says:
    Danny Manning anyone?

    03.24.09 at 3:15 pm

    Frank says:
    You could have shot free throws with Ed O’Bannon last weekend. The South Point (not even on the strip) was offering that if you placed a bet on the NCAA’s.

    03.24.09 at 3:24 pm

    Dave says:
    No one ever said Mateen would be a great Pro player but boy was he a fine college player! What a true leader.

    03.24.09 at 4:31 pm

    Scott says:
    How can you forget Miles Simon? Arizona point guard who won the 1997 tournament MVP and played all of 2 seasons for the Magic. Although I hear he was a pretty good player in the CBA. He should be high up on this list based on the requirements.

    03.24.09 at 11:28 pm

    Tom says:
    Wow. Whoever made this list must be under 20 years old. The undeniable, unparalleled March Madness Hero Turned NBA Zero is Mr. Keith Smart. He made the national championship winning shot with five seconds remaining against Syracuse, and then went on to play in only two games for San Antonio in the NBA. In those two games, he played a total of 12 minutes and went 0 for 2 from the field. However, he was a perfect 2 for 2 from the line! There probably aren’t many NBA veterans who finished their careers with a 100% free throw percentage. There aren’t many March Madness Heroes bigger than Keith Smart, and there aren’t many NBA zeroes bigger than Keith Smart. Combine the two, and Keith Smart is #1, kids.

    03.24.09 at 11:58 pm

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    03.25.09 at 3:15 pm

    Harold says:
    I have to call garbage on the Laettner pick. The guy averaged 12.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg over a 13 yr NBA career. He was a starter for most of his career and shot 48% from the field. By any reasonable standard, he had a solid NBA career. Compare his stats with Rasheed Wallace. You might be surprised.

    03.26.09 at 8:40 pm

    Cementprint says:
    who ever put this list together does not understand a solid nba career from a superstar career. Laetner, Ferry and Dunleavy all has had or is having A SOLID NBA CAREER. they might not be superstars but all three names put up decent numbers and contributed to playoff teams.

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