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Leftover Wreckage From Draft Night 06/28/2009

Posted by Zach in NBA Draft.
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While there were some feel-good moments and worthwhile storylines from the 2009 NBA Draft Thursday night, there are also plenty of college kids deeply regretting their decision to throw their name into the ring. Whether it be at the urging of agents, seriously inflated egos or total delusions, here are some players who rather than star one more year in college and earn their degree, either fell drastically or went completely undrafted on draft night:

  • Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris (Syracuse): These two may have been scared away by Jonny Flynn’s early departure, but the return of Devendorf and Harris to a Syracuse team in a down Big East could have certainly made them contenders. Both players have had rocky college careers and probably believed they were worthy of being drafted when neither of them came close.
  • Shawn Taggart (Memphis): Instead of being the centerpiece of a team that could contend for another conference title with the addition of Elliot Williams, Taggart keeping his name in the draft pool was a horrid mistake and the only person that didn’t realize this was Shawn Taggart. Way too many holes in his game that he could have cleaned up during a senior campaign at Memphis.
  • Dar Tucker (DePaul): I realize that DePaul’s basketball program is god-awful at this point, and Tucker was probably banking on a team giving him a chance purely on his athleticism, but he shot 39% last season. Good luck in Europe.
  • Brandon Costner (NC State): This was the worst decision of the entire process. Maybe I’ll eat crow if he sneaks onto a team, but I think we’ve heard the last of this inconsistent forward.
  • Patrick Mills (St. Mary’s- #55): Mills was mentioned as one of the top point guards in the upcoming pool midway through his sophomore season, but the broken hand really slowed down his momentum. He really should have returned to St. Mary’s for one full healthy season and tried to help the Gaels to a WCC title.
  • Chase Budinger (Arizona- #44): I can’t really blame him for leaving Arizona’s bad situation, but for a guy that was rumored to be a sure-fire lottery pick just two years ago…ouch.
  • Jodie Meeks (Kentucky- #41): Not a terrible decision and could star right away for a depleted Bucks team. But he could have won a national title for Kentucky and played for John Calipari.
  • Derrick Brown (Xavier- #40): I think he’s going to be a decent NBA player, yet he really could have made millions as a first-round pick next year had he stayed at Xavier.
  • DaJuan Summers (Georgetown- #35): Did better than I originally expected but could have been a first round pick next year with some seasoning at Georgetown playing alongside Greg Monroe and Chris Wright.
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