Think back to 2006. George W. Bush was the president, the Seattle SuperSonics were still in the NBA and the two biggest stars in college basketball were J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison. Oh, how the times have changed.
Redick garnered most of the national Player of the Year awards and earned the ire of opposing fans as a Duke star, while Morrison captured the country’s heart and imagination while playing at perennial Cinderella program Gonzaga. Both players saw their careers end in the Sweet 16, falling to Final Four-bound LSU and UCLA, respectively.
Morrison came off the board first at No. 3 to the Charlotte Bobcats with scouts raving about his “instincts.” Draft Express had his worst-case scenario as a “post-prime Glen Rice” and said he could “create his own shot better than anybody we’ve seen at the college level in years.”
Unfortunately, Morrison never translated to the NBA. At 6-foot8, 198 lbs. coming out of college, he was undersized for the power forward position and too slow fo...