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(06-10-2021 08:28 AM)Captain Bearcat Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 07:53 AM)nachoman91 Wrote:  On paper over the last 30 years it's these guys.

Jermain Lawrence - 5-star, #24 nationally. He not only sucked at UC but he sucked after he transferred down to some low-major school.

Roy Bright - 4-star, #40 nationally. The "not-so-bright" player that brought a gun to school and was kicked off the team.

Eugene Land - 4-star, #51 nationally. Just never really amounted to anything close to his ranking.

Anthony McClain - 4-star, #67 nationally. Just never really amounted to anything close to his ranking.

Vincent Banks - 4-star Top 100 guy who was the second coming of Jesus Christ based on his summer league reviews and other anecdotes I kept hearing from those who saw him play.


For me personally the biggest bust was ..... Robert Whaley

That 2004 team was loaded with talent. They had 7 top 100 players and was the only UC team in history to have two 40+% three point shooters (Field Williams and Tony Bobbit). All they needed was a big man to round out that team and Whaley was a 6'10" center who was formerly the #34 overall recruit that went juco and was the juco player of the year. Whaley ended up sucking and spent the entire season whining and threatening to quit.

I don't think it's fair to label Eugene Land as a bust. He blew out his knee so bad that he missed two full seasons. Few players come back from injuries that bad.

To be honest, I completely forgot that Land went to UC though. I remember him playing for Roger Bacon in high school. Dude could ball.
He blew it out jumping out a window.
 
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Antwan Jones. Sports Illustrated did a big story on JUCOs that featured him. He was big and rangey and was supposed to be able to shoot. Huggs never really took to him, he didn't play much or well, he was gone after a year.
 
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(06-10-2021 11:24 AM)bearcatmark Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 10:32 AM)BrooklynRocket Wrote:  Chad Moore was a top 75 HS recruit that never averaged more than 3.7 ppg in Clifton.

One of my favorite Bearcats that stuff just didn't work out for. His back issues just completely derailed his career. He fought so hard to give us whatever he could, particularly in his senior year. I'll never forget his effort against South Carolina in the NIT quarterfinals. He played nearly the entire game because White/Muhammad were out. He was getting his back worked on every damn break. Just a gutty effort.

He was like a top 20 recruit at one point in high school. He kinda peaked early, I think. Even before his injuries, he was a pass-first PG who wasn't that fast and had an bad shot. That South Carolina game was probably his best. He was tough.
 
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(06-10-2021 02:38 PM)levydl Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 11:24 AM)bearcatmark Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 10:32 AM)BrooklynRocket Wrote:  Chad Moore was a top 75 HS recruit that never averaged more than 3.7 ppg in Clifton.

One of my favorite Bearcats that stuff just didn't work out for. His back issues just completely derailed his career. He fought so hard to give us whatever he could, particularly in his senior year. I'll never forget his effort against South Carolina in the NIT quarterfinals. He played nearly the entire game because White/Muhammad were out. He was getting his back worked on every damn break. Just a gutty effort.

He was like a top 20 recruit at one point in high school. He kinda peaked early, I think. Even before his injuries, he was a pass-first PG who wasn't that fast and had an bad shot. That South Carolina game was probably his best. He was tough.

I thought he was really fast before the injuries. Maybe not Mikey Saunders fast, but probably faster than any of our PGs since Nick.
 
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(06-10-2021 11:30 AM)JFlight21 Wrote:  Darnell Wilks was a top 50ish guy that never amounted to more than a bench piece.

I completely forgot he was rated so high.

He was like James White with only the jumping ability.
 
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I would add Donald Little. I believe he got dismissed between his junior and senior seasons. He was just coming into his own after the game winner over Marquette.

BJ Grove had a lot of physical attributes, but not the work ethic. He had great hands for a big man. I was rooting so hard for him to buy in and do the work.

I think these were the guys planned to be the big men on that team with Field Wm, Bobbit, Stokes and Maxiell.
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(06-10-2021 08:41 AM)Cat-Man Wrote:  Shaq Thomas could probably fall under the "bust" label. He was a 4* Top 100 recruit but he never averaged more than 6 pts a game.

every year I thought Shaq was going to become a star player but he always seemed to get close and then seem to shun it all. He was very disappointing to me.
 
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(06-10-2021 12:02 PM)doss2 Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 08:28 AM)Captain Bearcat Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 07:53 AM)nachoman91 Wrote:  On paper over the last 30 years it's these guys.

Jermain Lawrence - 5-star, #24 nationally. He not only sucked at UC but he sucked after he transferred down to some low-major school.

Roy Bright - 4-star, #40 nationally. The "not-so-bright" player that brought a gun to school and was kicked off the team.

Eugene Land - 4-star, #51 nationally. Just never really amounted to anything close to his ranking.

Anthony McClain - 4-star, #67 nationally. Just never really amounted to anything close to his ranking.

Vincent Banks - 4-star Top 100 guy who was the second coming of Jesus Christ based on his summer league reviews and other anecdotes I kept hearing from those who saw him play.


For me personally the biggest bust was ..... Robert Whaley

That 2004 team was loaded with talent. They had 7 top 100 players and was the only UC team in history to have two 40+% three point shooters (Field Williams and Tony Bobbit). All they needed was a big man to round out that team and Whaley was a 6'10" center who was formerly the #34 overall recruit that went juco and was the juco player of the year. Whaley ended up sucking and spent the entire season whining and threatening to quit.

I don't think it's fair to label Eugene Land as a bust. He blew out his knee so bad that he missed two full seasons. Few players come back from injuries that bad.

To be honest, I completely forgot that Land went to UC though. I remember him playing for Roger Bacon in high school. Dude could ball.
He blew it out jumping out a window.

Crazy what they used to do for warmups before Mike Rehfeldt got here.
 
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Biggest bust of all time?

Easy answer:

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(06-15-2021 03:54 PM)skylinecat Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 12:02 PM)doss2 Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 08:28 AM)Captain Bearcat Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 07:53 AM)nachoman91 Wrote:  On paper over the last 30 years it's these guys.

Jermain Lawrence - 5-star, #24 nationally. He not only sucked at UC but he sucked after he transferred down to some low-major school.

Roy Bright - 4-star, #40 nationally. The "not-so-bright" player that brought a gun to school and was kicked off the team.

Eugene Land - 4-star, #51 nationally. Just never really amounted to anything close to his ranking.

Anthony McClain - 4-star, #67 nationally. Just never really amounted to anything close to his ranking.

Vincent Banks - 4-star Top 100 guy who was the second coming of Jesus Christ based on his summer league reviews and other anecdotes I kept hearing from those who saw him play.


For me personally the biggest bust was ..... Robert Whaley

That 2004 team was loaded with talent. They had 7 top 100 players and was the only UC team in history to have two 40+% three point shooters (Field Williams and Tony Bobbit). All they needed was a big man to round out that team and Whaley was a 6'10" center who was formerly the #34 overall recruit that went juco and was the juco player of the year. Whaley ended up sucking and spent the entire season whining and threatening to quit.

I don't think it's fair to label Eugene Land as a bust. He blew out his knee so bad that he missed two full seasons. Few players come back from injuries that bad.

To be honest, I completely forgot that Land went to UC though. I remember him playing for Roger Bacon in high school. Dude could ball.
He blew it out jumping out a window.

Crazy what they used to do for warmups before Mike Rehfeldt got here.

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(06-10-2021 08:42 PM)bearcat54 Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 08:41 AM)Cat-Man Wrote:  Shaq Thomas could probably fall under the "bust" label. He was a 4* Top 100 recruit but he never averaged more than 6 pts a game.

every year I thought Shaq was going to become a star player but he always seemed to get close and then seem to shun it all. He was very disappointing to me.

Keith Williams gave me a similar feel to Shaq.

I kept hoping that he would find his stride and be a star, the same as with Shaq. And similar to Shaq, he never quite got to that level, even though seemingly having the talent to do so.
 
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(06-15-2021 10:49 PM)namrag Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 08:42 PM)bearcat54 Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 08:41 AM)Cat-Man Wrote:  Shaq Thomas could probably fall under the "bust" label. He was a 4* Top 100 recruit but he never averaged more than 6 pts a game.

every year I thought Shaq was going to become a star player but he always seemed to get close and then seem to shun it all. He was very disappointing to me.

Keith Williams gave me a similar feel to Shaq.

I kept hoping that he would find his stride and be a star, the same as with Shaq. And similar to Shaq, he never quite got to that level, even though seemingly having the talent to do so.

I mean, I guess I kind of understand where you're coming from...but Keith averaged nearly 15ppg last season, what more did you want? Yes, the team as a whole had trouble and Keith had his rough games, but it's not like we have a ton of people averaging that many points per game for us over the last decade+. Going back to the reset (2006), only Jarron, SK, and Deonta have averaged more per game in a season...and all but Deonta had better support around them.

Shaq Thomas never averaged more than 6.6ppg in his career here and Keith was above 10ppg in 3/4 seasons.
 
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Keith was a better player than Shaq.
 
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(06-17-2021 11:20 AM)BearcatMan Wrote:  
(06-15-2021 10:49 PM)namrag Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 08:42 PM)bearcat54 Wrote:  
(06-10-2021 08:41 AM)Cat-Man Wrote:  Shaq Thomas could probably fall under the "bust" label. He was a 4* Top 100 recruit but he never averaged more than 6 pts a game.

every year I thought Shaq was going to become a star player but he always seemed to get close and then seem to shun it all. He was very disappointing to me.

Keith Williams gave me a similar feel to Shaq.

I kept hoping that he would find his stride and be a star, the same as with Shaq. And similar to Shaq, he never quite got to that level, even though seemingly having the talent to do so.

I mean, I guess I kind of understand where you're coming from...but Keith averaged nearly 15ppg last season, what more did you want? Yes, the team as a whole had trouble and Keith had his rough games, but it's not like we have a ton of people averaging that many points per game for us over the last decade+. Going back to the reset (2006), only Jarron, SK, and Deonta have averaged more per game in a season...and all but Deonta had better support around them.

Shaq Thomas never averaged more than 6.6ppg in his career here and Keith was above 10ppg in 3/4 seasons.

I thought Kieth wasn’t always effective last year. Too much here ball and bad 2’s but somebody has to score last year. Defense wasn’t good enough either based on the skill set.

Shaq Thomas was basically an athletic dude that didn’t have the high major skill to be a star. If he did he would probably been an NBA guy.
 
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In retrospect, I almost wish Keith would have transferred out rather than return for a final year voyage on the sinking SS Brannen. That staff had him twisted up like a pretzel.
 
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(06-17-2021 04:36 PM)rath v2.0 Wrote:  In retrospect, I almost wish Keith would have transferred out rather than return for a final year voyage on the sinking SS Brannen. That staff had him twisted up like a pretzel.

Keith didn’t have it in him to be a #1 option on a team.

No shame in that.

But that is what we needed.
 
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Robert Whaley. Not only a bust but unreliable, suspended and brought down the Bearcats in another early round exit.
 
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