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Top 10 College Players Who Failed in the NBA

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) produces many great NBA stars - but not all great college stars make it in the NBA. This is a list of the few college stars that didn't make it to the next level.

10. Anthony Bennett


Bennett only played for one season at UNLV and averaged 16.1 PTS, 8.1 REB and 1 AST. Bennett was a finalist for the Wooden Award in 2013. 

He was drafted number 1 overall by the Cavaliers in 2013. He has played 4 seasons and his career averages are 4.4 PTS, 3.1 REB and .5 AST. I put him at ten because he is so young, but he deserves to be on this list.

After Cleveland Cavaliers, he played with Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets.

Today, he is in Fenerbahce Ulker, playing Euroleague.

9. Steve Alford


Alford played four seasons at Indiana where he averaged 19.5 PTS, 2.8 REB and 3.1 AST. He was a 1st team All-American in 1985-86 and in 86-87. He was drafted 26th overall by the Mavericks in 1987. 

While in the NBA he averaged 4.4 PTS, .9 REB and 1 AST. He played four seasons in the NBA, where he definitely didn't have much success.

8. Kendall Marshall


Marshall played two seasons at North Carolina where he averaged 7.2 PTS, 2.3 REB and 8.0 AST. He won the Bob Cousy award in 2012. Marshall was drafted 13th by the Suns in 2012. 

He is averaging 5.0 PTS, 1.6 RBS and 4.9 AST in the NBA. Some people thought when he came to the NBA he would be a superstar Point Guard, but as you can tell that didn't work out so well.

7. Shawn Bradley

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Bradley played one season at BYU in 1990-91 where he averaged 14.8 PTS, 7.7 REB and 1.2 AST. He was picked 2nd overall by the 76ers in 1993. 

He averaged 8.1 PTS, 6.3 REB and .7 AST while in the NBA. He had some good seasons, but for being the 2nd overall pick and 7’6” he should have been a lot better. He failed to ever average 10 rebounds in one season.

6. Marcus Fizer


Fizer played three seasons at Iowa State and averaged 18.9 PTS, 7.4 REB and 1 AST. He won Big-12 player of the year. He also was a 1st team All-American in 1999-2000. 

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Fizer was drafted 4th overall by the Bulls in 2000. He averaged 9.6 PTS, 4.6 REB and 1.2 AST in 6 seasons. As the number four pick, he definitely did not live up to the hype, securing him a place on this list.

5. Adam Morrison

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS DEC. 10-11 ** Gonzaga's Adam Morrison smiles briefly during a game against Washington, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, in Seattle. The first time Morrison touched the ball in a college basketball game, he dribbled the length of the floor and scored on Saint Joseph's in Madison Square Garden. The preseason All-America has been a big-time player ever since for No. 9 Gonzaga. He currently leads the nation with an average of 29.7 points per game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Morrison played three seasons at Gonzaga and averaged 19.7 PTS, 5.1 REB and 2 AST. He won the Wooden award in 2006 he also was a 1st All-American in 2006. He was drafted 3rd overall by the Bobcats (Hornets) in the 2006 draft. 

He averaged 7.5 PTS, 2.1 REB and 1.4 AST during his four seasons in the NBA. Morrison was drafted ahead of Rudy Gay, JJ Reddick and many others, so that's one of the reasons he is on the list.

4. Todd Fuller


Fuller played four seasons at NC State and averaged 13.8 PTS, 7.7 REB and 1 AST. Fuller was drafted 11th overall by the Warriors in the 1996 draft. He averaged 3.7 PTS, 3.0 RBS and .2 AST in the 5 seasons he played. 

Fuller was drafted ahead of Kobe Bryant. That's all I have to say.

3. Ed O’Bannon


O’Bannon played four seasons at UCLA where he averaged 15.5 PTS, 7 REB and 1.8 AST. He won the Wooden award in 1995. He was also a 1st team All-American in 1994-95. 

O’Bannon was drafted 9th overall by the Nets. He averaged 5 PTS, 2.5 RBS and .8 AST during his two-year career. 

2. Greg Oden


Oden played one season at Ohio State and averaged 15.7 PTS, 9.6 RBS and .7 AST while there. Oden was drafted 1st overall by the Trail Blazers in the 2007 draft. He averaged 8 PTS, 6.2 REB and .5 AST in the three seasons he played. 

He was drafted over Kevin Durant, Al Horford and Mike Conley, so I think he deserves the number two spot on this list.

On September 14, 2007, Oden had microfracture surgery on his ailing right knee. He missed the entire season. After that, he wasn't the same player.

He played with Miami Heat (2013-14) only 23 games, and that was his last season in the NBA.

1. Jimmer Fredette

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette (32) reacts after scoring against Wofford during the second half of a Southeast regional second round NCAA tournament college basketball game, Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Denver. Fredette scores 32 points, leading BYU to a 74-66 win. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

Jimmer played four seasons at BYU and averaged 18.7 PTS 2.6 REB and 3.7 AST while there. He won the Wooden Award, Rupp Award, Naismith Award, and made 1st team All-American in 2010-11. 

He was drafted 10th by the Bucks but traded to the Kings in the 2011 draft. He averaged 6 PTS, 1 REB and 1.4 AST in the NBA. 

I put him at number one because he was such a great player in college but then went on to the NBA where he only averages 6 points per game. This reason is why I placed him at number one on the Top 10 College Players Who Failed in the NBA.


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