Bruised Egos: Four Additional All-Americans Not Selected in NBA Draft
What were they thinking? They must not have taken an independent-study college course in deductive reasoning. Undergraduates Khem Birch (UNLV), Jabari Brown (Missouri), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Alex Kirk (New Mexico), James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina), Eric Moreland (Oregon State), LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State), JaKarr Sampson (St. John's) and Roscoe Smith (UNLV) - potential All-Americans if they returned to school - were not among the chosen few in this year's NBA draft. Of course, the NBA is a difficult nut to crack. Even if they became All-Americans, there were no guarantees any of them would be selected in 2015.
A total of 15 All-Americans weren't drafted in the last seven NBA drafts. Do you need any more evidence that the quality of play at the collegiate level has diminished in recent years? The NBA draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1985, three rounds in 1988 and to its present two rounds in 1989. Centers Bill Spivey of Kentucky and Sherman White of LIU, All-Americans in the early 1950s, went undrafted by the NBA allegedly because of possible repercussions stemming from a game-fixing scandal. A total of 25 All-Americans, including five in 2011, have gone undrafted by the NBA thus far in the 21st Century.
Four years ago, Sherron Collins (Kansas) and Scottie Reynolds (Villanova) became the initial NCAA consensus first-team All-Americans not to be selected in the NBA draft. Three NCAA consensus second-team All-Americans - Melvin Ejim (Iowa State), C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati) - joined the following alphabetical list of All-Americans who weren't selected in the NBA draft:
*NCAA consensus first-team All-American.
**NCAA consensus second-team All-American.
NOTE: Bell, Booker, Collins, Hansbrough, Haslem, Jennings, Jones, Lucas, McNeal, Ray, Sanchez and Smith went on to play in the NBA after signing as free agents. Pratt played in the ABA.