College Basketball Stars Turned NBA Busts: Where Are They Now?


Basketball scouts put college players under the microscope like no tomorrow. Constantly watching their every move on the court, sometimes a scout can accurately predict the next big star in the NBA. Players like Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace, and Tim Duncan became big name players when they transitioned from the collegiate level to the NBA.

Then, there are basketball players who were stars in college, but they couldn’t translate that talent into the big leagues. Basically, their career hits a wall and that’s the end of that. So whatever happened to those former college basketball stars? Where are they now? Well, you’re about to find out.

Baby Jordan Couldn’t Live Up To The Hype

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A star during his playing days with the Trojans, Harold Miner was often to compared to Michael Jordan, but it didn’t turn out that way for “Baby Jordan.” A two-time NBA Champion and a Slam Dunk Champion, Miners’ career was put to an abrupt halt thanks to nagging knee injuries — he’s not the only player on this list who suffered that same fate. In 2011, Miner came out of his cave for the Pacific 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament and was inducted into the conference’s Hall of Honor.

From Michigan State To CBS

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Michigan State had a pretty good point guard when it came to Mateen Cleaves. After the Pistons took him 14th overall in 2000, Cleaves’ skills didn’t translate so well in the association, which resulted in him fighting for a job before he retired in 2009. Cleaves eventually would become an analyst on the TV show Inside College Basketball on CBS Sports.


Shanghai All-Star

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A 2011 National Player of the Year in college, Jimmer Fredette became a King when Sacramento picked him with the 10th overall pick. Fredette was a gifted scorer but he was axed by the Kings in 2014, then became a Knick, a Bull, and a Pelican before switching gears. Since 2016, Fredette has continued his career overseas with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Taking His Talents Across The Pond

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Arguably the most accomplished player in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Tyler Hansbrough became a first-team All-American three times, along with being named a first-team All-ACC selection in all four years of college. He actually found some success with the Pacers in the early part of his career, but ultimately couldn’t stick around. Nowadays, Hansborough is playing basketball in China for the Guangzhou Long-Lions.