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Top 25 recruits since 2000 for current Big 12 schools: Kevin Durant not No. 1
This is the latest installment of our Top Recruit Series, which will outline the recruiting history since 2000 for each of the seven main conferences. It focuses on the Big 12.)
The Big 12 has produced four of the past 14 Naismith National Players of the Year -- namely Texas' T.J. Ford (2003), Texas' Kevin Durant (2007), Oklahoma's Blake Griffin (2009) and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (2016). But would you believe only one of them -- Durant -- was a consensus top-15 prospect in his high school class?
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Ford and Griffin were heralded, to be sure. But neither was a consensus top-15 national recruit. And Hield? He was way off the radar -- just a three-star prospect whom 247Sports ranked 178th in the Class of 2012. Regardless, the 6-4 guard averaged 25.0 points and 5.4 rebounds while leading Oklahoma to the 2016 Final Four. He then became the sixth overall pick of the NBA Draft. He now plays for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Below is a look at the top 25 recruits -- based not on their actual college performance but the recruiting ranking and hype with which they entered school -- since 2000 from current Big 12 programs.
A FEW THOUGHTS
- Andrew Wiggins was the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013 -- and he's lived up to that hype. The 6-7 wing averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in one season at Kansas before being selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and earning Rookie of the Year honors. He averaged 20.7 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season. He's still only 21 years old.
- Yes, it's true that Josh Selby and Josh Jackson were considered the top-ranked prospects in their high school classes by various recruiting services, and that Kevin Durant was not. But that had more to do with Greg Oden than anything else, which is why I've placed Durant ahead of Selby and Jackson -- and everybody except Wiggins -- on the list above. Simply put, Durant would've been No. 1 in lots of classes, if not most classes. But he happened to be in the same class as Oden, whom basically everybody projected as basketball's next dominant big man before injuries robbed him of his physical gifts. It's still a shame, what happened to the Ohio State center who helped the Buckeyes make the national championship game in his one season of college basketball. Oden really was a special talent.
- It might seem weird to see Isaiah Austin so high on the list above. But, remember, he was a consensus top-three prospect in the Class of 2012 and ranked ahead of Steven Adams, Anthony Bennett, Marcus Smart, Gary Harris, Sam Dekker, Kris Dunn, Willie Cauley-Stein and Jordan Adams, just to name a few. The 7-1 forward averaged double-figures in points in both seasons at Baylor before entering the NBA Draft. But he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome (enlarged arteries in his heart) in June 2014, at which point his basketball career ended.
- There are only seven current NBA players who have won both an NCAA championship and an NBA title -- one of whom is Mario Chalmers, the guy ranked 19th on the list above. The 6-1 guard averaged double-figures in points in all three years at Kansas. He finished with 180 made 3-pointers -- none bigger than this one in the 2008 national title game.
- A player who isn't on the above list but probably should be is Joel Embiid. Believe it or not, the 7-foot forward wasn't a consensus top-15 prospect in the Class of 2013, which I recognized as a mistake the first time I watched him work out inside Allen Fieldhouse, a month before his freshman season began at Kansas. The recruiting services, for the most part, rarely miss on the truly elite prospects. But, for some reason, just about everybody underrated Embiid, who is finally healthy after two years of injuries and a decent candidate to be the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year.
1. Cliff Alexander (Kansas): Alexander was a consensus top-five prospect in the Class of 2014 who only averaged 17.6 minutes per game in his lone season at Kansas. That ranked seventh on KU's team. He went unselected in the 2015 NBA Draft.
2. Josh Selby (Kansas): Selby ranked sixth in minutes played per game in his one season at Kansas despite being ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2010, according to 247Sports. The Baltimore native was a late second-round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. To date, he's only appeared in 38 NBA games.
3. Quincy Miller (Baylor): Miller was ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2011, according to 247Sports. But he never seemed to fully recover from a torn ACL suffered during his senior year of high school -- though he entered the NBA Draft after one year at Baylor anyway. The result: Miller was the 38th pick in 2012. He's only appeared in 69 NBA games and is now playing overseas.
4. Cheick Diallo (Kansas): Diallo was ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports, but only played 7.5 minutes per game in one season at KU. He didn't play at all in the Elite Eight loss to Villanova last March, meaning Diallo never got off of the bench in his final NCAA game.
5. Keith Brumbaugh (Oklahoma State): Brumbaugh was ranked 10th in the Class of 2005, according to 247Sports, and a key member of Oklahoma State's top-ranked recruiting class that year. But he never actually played for the Cowboys because of eligibility issues. The 6-10 forward was arrested six times in a 26-month span, spent one season playing in junior college and then entered the 2008 NBA Draft. Unsurprisingly, he was not selected. Brumbaugh never appeared in a Division I game or an NBA game.
1. Buddy Hield (Oklahoma): Hield was ranked 178th in the Class of 2012, according to 247Sports. And yet he still went on to be a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year, the 2016 Naismith National Player of the Year and a lottery pick who is set to make $3.5 million this season. Not bad.
2. Melvin Ejim (Iowa State): Ejim was ranked 182nd in the Class of 2010, according to 247Sports.But he outperformed that ranking easily. The 6-6 forward averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds as a freshman, 9.3 points and 6.6 rebounds as a sophomore, 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds as a junior, and 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds as a senior. He was the Big 12 Player of the Year in 2014.
3. Jacob Pullen (Kansas State): Pullen was a three-star prospect from the Class of 2007 who was unranked by 247Sports and Rivals. Still, the 6-1 guard finished his college career with 2,132 points after averaging 19.3 points as a junior and 20.2 points as a senior. He's Kansas State's all-time scoring leader.
4. Joe Mazzulla (West Virginia): Mazzulla was a two-star prospect whom 247Sports ranked 468th in the Class of 2006. (I honestly didn't even know recruiting rankings went that low.) But he developed into an important figure in Bob Huggins' program anyway. The 6-2 guard scored 17 points in the Mountaineers' Elite Eight upset of Kentucky in the 2010 NCAA Tournament that ended the college careers of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe. Mazzulla was subsequently named the East Region's Most Outstanding Player.
5. Frank Mason (Kansas): Mason was the lowest-rated prospect in Kansas' six-player class in 2013 -- just a three-star recruit completely overshadowed by Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid. Regardless, he's had a nice impact on the program. The 5-11 guard averaged 12.6 points as sophomore and 12.9 as a junior. He's now the leading returning scorer for a preseason top-five team that's picked to win the Big 12.
The saddest story here, in terms of a prospect completely wasting his natural ability, obviously belongs to Keith Brumbaugh. Because, seriously, how often does a top-10 national recruit fail to ever appear in a Division I game or an NBA game?
That's very, very rare.
Curious, I started Googling to see if I could find what Brumbaugh is up to these days. I was wishing for the best but expecting the worst. And the most recent thing I found was ... a 2014 arrest rooted in Brumbaugh allegedly throwing a cinder block at a 67-year-old man during a road rage incident.
So, yeah, there are plenty of basketball busts, relative to their high school rankings, on the list above. But nobody has been a bigger bust than Keith Brumbaugh. He went from being Florida's Mr. Basketball to someone who was jailed in Florida. That's quite a fall from grace. Hopefully he gets things figured out, someday.
Looking Back at the High School Scouting Reports of Today's Biggest NBA Stars
247Sports Rank: No. 151 (3 Stars)
Rivals Rank:Unranked (3 Stars)
Now that Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double and serving as one of the MVP front-runners, it's easy to assume he was a top recruit coming out of Leuzinger High School. Surely, he was so highly coveted that UCLA had to fend off other suitors with a baseball bat.
Westbrook didn't receive much attention from top collegiate programs—perhaps because he didn't grow into his 6'3" frame until the end of his high school career. Arizona State, Creighton, Kent State, Miami and San Diego were the only other schools to extend him formal offers, and he sat below James Keefe among UCLA enrollees in the class of 2006.
Westbrook was viewed primarily as a shooting guard at the time; the playmaking skills wouldn't develop until he'd grown under head coach Ben Howland. He didn't even gain recognition in NBA draft circles until midway through his sophomore year. That's when Rodger Bohn wrote the following for DraftExpress:
Coming off of the bench this season, Westbrook has been incredibly productive, especially in terms of his playmaking. He is averaging 5.7 assists while playing off of the ball for the most part, leaving one to ponder what he could be able to do with the ball in his hands for the entire game. His court vision isn't spectacular by any stretch, but he does a good job playing within UCLA's system, and finding the many weapons he has around him within their set offense.
The explosiveness that he possesses directly translates into his ability to get to the rim, where he has shown no problem converting in transition when presented with the opportunity. In traffic he seems to struggle a bit, though, as he's often out of control by the time he reaches the basket
Bohn also noted that Westbrook "struggles to create his own shot on a consistent basis, and often looks completely out of control when forced to weave in and out of traffic...when you break down his skill set individually, it's quite clear that he has a lot of holes to his game."
Westbrook's development into a one-man wrecking ball is a testament to endless hours of hard work. He was not anything close to this player as a high school standout, nor was he expected to enjoy this type of ceiling.
Adam Fromal covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @fromal09.
Unless otherwise indicated, all stats from Basketball-Reference.com, NBA.com or NBA Math and accurate heading intogames on Wednesday, February 1.
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Kevin Durant: College basketball stats, best moments, quotes
Kevin Durant is one of the greatest basketball players on the planet. He's the 2014 NBA MVP and has won two NBA championships. Before being an NBA superstar, he was a star at Texas as a gangly, sharpshooting freshman.
Here's everything you need to know about Kevin Durant's time at Texas.
Kevin Durant's college basketball stats, vitals
Weight: 215 pounds
Years active: 2006-07
NCAA tournament record: 1-1
What was Kevin Durant's record in college?
Texas went 25-10 in one season with Kevin Durant. The Longhorns went 12-4 in the Big 12, finishing third.
What kind of prospect was Kevin Durant in high school?
As a senior at Montrose Christian, Kevin Durant's high school team was ranked No. 1 in USA Today's Super 25 rankings. Montrose Christian was so good that they traveled all the way from Rockville, Maryland, to Hawaii to compete in the Iolani Prep Classic. The Honolulu Advertiser noted that Durant was regarded by some as the best high school player in the country.
He averaged 19.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 65 percent from the field and 42 percent from three as a junior at Oak Hill, before committing to Texas over UConn and North Carolina in June 2005. As a senior, Durant averaged 22.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 54.6 percent after transferring to Montrose Christian.
What was Kevin Durant's game like?
What did — and does — make Kevin Durant's game unique is his perimeter-oriented offense for a player who's so tall. He entered college around 6-9 and he's now somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-feet tall, yet he has a great shooting ability and guard-like offensive skills, while being a tremendous rim protector on defense.
"Last night, Durant, a 6-foot-10 forward, showed the sellout crowd of 1,050 his ball-handling skills, ability to run the floor and even swished a 3-pointer in the second half for good measure," wrote The Honolulu Advertiser's Wes Nakama after Durant's top-ranked Montrose Christian High School team knocked off reigning Hawaii state runner-ups Kahuku 88-45. "He also scored on three first-period dunks, including a spectacular alley-oop slam to put Montrose Christian up 21-9 with one minute remaining." Durant scored 16 points in the first quarter alone.
After Durant committed to Texas, the Austin American-Statesman's Mark Rosner wrote, "He has an uncommon combination of skills for someone so tall, the abilities to shoot from outside, drive to the basket and find the open man."
He had savvy low-post moves, yet a soft shooting touch. He had quick handles, along with the height to shoot over virtually any defender.
Durant led the Big 12 in scoring and rebounding as a freshman, averaging 25.1 points and 11.4 rebounds entering the Big 12 tournament, while ranking second in the conference in blocks, seventh in field-goal percentage and sixth in free-throw percentage.
"There's a streetball term for Durant's skill set," wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Wendell Barnhouse. "Sick."
What were some of Kevin Durant's best games?
In 35 games in college, Durant scored in double figures in every single one. That's how good he was as a freshman. He broke the 20-point mark in each of his first seven games, so it was clear Texas had a rising star on its roster.
Durant's season-high was 37 points, which he reached on four occasions — three of which were on the road and one was in the Big 12 tournament:
Durant scored at least 30 points 11 times in 35 games. He had 20 double-doubles, including six in a row. His 37-point, 23-rebound game on the road against Texas Tech is one of the all-time great stat lines in recent memory. In a single game, he had as many as 16 free-throw attempts in a game (against New Mexico State in the NCAA tournament), six 3-pointers (at Kansas in Texas' regular-season finale) and six blocks (against Kansas in the Big 12 tournament).
What awards did Kevin Durant win in college?
Here are some of the awards Kevin Durant won in college:
- 2007 Big 12 scoring champion: 28.9 points per game
- 2007 Big 12 Player of the Year
- 2007 consensus First Team All-American
- 2007 National Freshman of the Year
- 2007 consensus National Player of the Year (first freshman in NCAA history to win any of the major National Player of the Year awards)
What records did Kevin Durant set in college and where does he rank among historical greats?
Here are some of the records Kevin Durant set and where he ranks on all-time statistical lists:
- First in Texas history in points in Big 12 play: 462 points
- First in Texas history in career scoring average (min. 500 points): 25.8 points per game
- First in Texas history in rebounds in a Big 12 game: 23 rebounds
- Tied for 1st in Texas history in points in a Big 12 game: 37 points (three times)
- Tied for 1st in Texas history in points in a game by a freshman: 37 points (three times)
- Second-most points scored by a freshman all-time: 903 points
- Second in Texas history in scoring average in a season (min. 250 attempts): 25.8 points per game
- Tied for 2nd in Texas history in single-game rebounds: 23 rebounds
- Tied for 2nd in Texas history in points in a half: 26 points
- Tied for 2nd in Texas history in consecutive 30-point games: three games (twice)
- Tied for 2nd in Texas history in rebounds in a half of a Big 12 game: 12 rebounds
- Third in Texas history in points in a neutral-site game: 37 points
- Fourth nationally in scoring in 2007: 25.8 points per game
- Fourth in Texas history in scoring average: 25.8 points per game
- Fourth in Texas history in rebounding average: 11.1 rebounds per game
- Fourth in Texas history in consecutive free throws made: 27 free throws
- Tied for 4th in Texas history in 30-point games: 11 games
- Tied for 9th in Texas history in points in a road game: 37 points (three times)
- Tied for 11th all-time for most double-doubles by a freshman: 20 double-doubles
The following screenshot comes from the Austin American-Statesman.
What did people say about Kevin Durant?
Hawaii All-State guard Junior Ale, who played against Durant in high school: "We did our best, but what can you say when you're playing guys who are 6-8, 6-9, 6-10? I played in Las Vegas last summer against some good Mainland players, but not NBA-type guys like Kevin Durant. That's what he is."
Former Texas coach Rick Barnes: "He's an excellent shooter, an excellent passer, somebody who makes the players around him better."
Barnes: "People talk about freshmen, but I'd put him out there with anybody. He could care less about what we're talking about. He really wants to win."
Barnes: "That's what you like best about a guy. Nobody told him he had to (practice)."
Barnes: "He'll put on 25-30 pounds in the next few years and just kill guys inside. With his perimeter skills, plus that added size, the sky is the limit for him. But he's just a kid right now."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Wendell Barnhouse: "Durant's silky smooth shooting ability — he flicks NBA-range 3-pointers as effortlessly as someone firing a paper wad at a waste basket — means he's probably best-suited to playing on the perimeter in college."
Barnhouse: "Durant is 6-foot-9 with the wing span of Ralph Sampson, the shooting range of J.J. Redick and the court demeanor of Tim Duncan. Hyperbole? Hardly."
Montrose Christian High School coach Stu Vetter: "I coached Dennis Scott, and Kevin is a lot like him. Kevin has a lot more upside."
Vetter: "When he fills out, he's gonna be an awesome, awesome, awesome player."
Former Mercersburg (Penn.) Academy coach Mark Cubit: "Right now, Durant is head and shoulders above (Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva). I don't know where Durant is going to end up, but his status as one of the top players in the country is warranted. He's got a great vision for the game. If you're an old-school kind of guy...he's got new-school talent with an old-school appreciation for the game."
Former Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton: "I think Kevin Durant is the best player in college basketball."
Kevin Durant quotes
Durant on his position: "I think I can play all five positions."
Durant: "(Vince Young) plays fearless. Whenever he wants to take the game over, he does. I kinda pattern my basketball game like that."
Durant on his individual awards: "I hope as a team we can pull down some hardware. I want a national championship, a Big 12 championship, a Big 12 tournament championship."
Andy Wittry has written for Stadium, SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is a graduate of Indiana University. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyWittry.
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