Allow me to explain.
Back in 2002, a young, eager to continue his development recruiting analyst, published the Scout.com ("formerly ‘The Insiders.com') Top 100. Overall, not a bad effort, but in retrospect, there were some obvious mistakes.
Mistakes are great, if you learn from them. For instance, Marcus Morrison at No. 80? Now, Morrison was a good player (and won a lot of games in high school; he's now at Middle Tennessee) but has since bounced around. The moral to the story is simple: jumping over a ball rack during a dunk contest at the City of Palms Classic is no longer grounds for being a Top 100 prospect. A bonus? Yes. But criteria for getting on the list? No way.
Taking it a step further, one of the guys from 2002 that has had the best career in college has been J.J. Redick. The guy who scored 43 points in his final high school game while playing with multiple foot injuries and shooting 3s from the logos on the court at Liberty University turned out pretty good down at Duke.
Would you believe we rated 12 guys ahead of him? Really, we did. Out of the 12 kids we thought were better prospects than Redick, we've found 5 we'd like to have do-overs for.
Without further debate, we give the inaugural "Five For Friday."
Guys We Could Have Rated Below J.J. Redick
|Shelden Williams (No. 8, 2002)|
|His final ranking of No. 8 has proven to be justified and we've got no beef with "The Landlord." The only problem with Williams' ranking is that he's the second best player on the team at Duke University.|
|Rashad McCants (No. 7)|
|At No. 7 in the final rankings we weren't way off base and after all, he was a lottery pick. Never known to be a chemisty guy, one person close to him put it best: "He just doesn't like people."|
|Shavlik Randolph (No. 12)|
|His recent NBA success aside, we didn't account for him peaking as a senior and plain and simple: things never worked out at Duke. He's getting a chuckle while cashing an improbable NBA paycheck.|
|Lenny Cooke (No. 11)|
|Where to begin? Not attending high school as a senior should have been a red flag. Attending 3 different high schools didn't help either. Then again, he was the MVP at the 2000 adidas ABCD Camp.|
|DeAngelo Collins (No. 9)|
|Bypassed by all NBA teams as an early entry candidate. A high school jumper, he nearly got tossed from USA Basketball Camp for his poor attitude. Last seen polishing his 2001 ABCD All-Star MVP trophy.|