Obviously everyone is pretty disappointed with the season so far. In an effort to essentially get the collective minds of the board somewhere else, thought it would be pretty interesting to compare prospects production in relation to where we projected said recruits in high school.
I’ll start it off by limiting my evals from 2014 onward, with only my missed evals:
Kam Chatman - I most certainly thought he’d be instant impact with his combination of size, passing acumen and ballhandling. Thought it would take him a while to adjust on defense, but I’d be lying to say I didn’t totally whiff on his eval on the offensive side.
Dillon Brooks - didn’t think there was any way his bully ball game would translate to college based on a lack of size and skill. 3 years later and he’s averaged double digit points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists since he was a freshman. Safe to say I whiffed here. His motor is absolutely nuts, but his spatial awareness surpassed everything I could ever imagine
Devin Booker - thought he was extremely overrated as a 5star in HS. Thought he was more of a backend top 100 guy based on lack of ballhandling and athleticism. Fast forward three years and the guy was a one and done, and averaging nearly 20ppg in the NBA. Yeah, I’d say that’s a whif.
Vince Edwards - projected him as a tweener that lacked the skill to play the wing, thought he would be a rotational player, but certainly not an impact player. Fast forward three year and Edwards is averaging 12ppg, 5rebs, and 3.5asst in a point forward role on 45% shooting. I’d say that’s plenty enough skill
Jalen Brunson - thought he was far too unathletic to be a difference maker in college. In his sophomore year he’s putting up 14ppg and 4asst on nearly 45% from distance on one of the best teams in the country.
Xavier Simpson - thought he’d be a better offensive version of Derrick Walton in the halfcourt offense with the ability to hit elbow jumpshots and floaters. Didn’t necessarily think he’d be great as a freshman, but much better than he is now
TJ Leaf - thought he was good, but not top 20 good. Thought he had above average skills, but not particularly good at anything, in conjunction with not being a great athlete. Thought it would take him a few years to develop. I’d say averaging 17ppg, 9rebs, 3asst sort of bucked my eval
I’m sure there are others, just wanted to get the discussion started