NCAA Stars: Where Are They Now?
Many casual basketball fans find themselves wondering what ever happened to some of the NCAA Stars they had followed in college. For all you casual basketball fans out there, here is a Where Are they Now for the past five Naismith Player of the Year Award Winners in college basketball.
- 2009 - Blake Griffin. Blake Griffin was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers first overall in the NBA Draft. However, he hurt his knee in the preseason and did not play for the Clippers at all in the past season.
- 2008 - Tyler Hansbrough. Tyler Hansborough was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 13th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He averaged 8.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds a game in 17.6 minutes per game. He was sidelined with a serious inner ear infection for the last month and a half of the season.
- 2007 - Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics with the second pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. In his first year in the league, he averaged 20.3 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. During the offseason between Durant's first and second years, the Seattle Supersonics were relocated to Oklahoma City and the team was renamed, the Thunder. In his second season, Durant improved his averages to 25.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. This past year, in his third season, Durant led the entire NBA in scoring at 30.1 point per game. He also averaged 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 90% from the free throw line and 47.6% from the field. He is currently leading the Thunder in a playoff series against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
- 2006 - J.J. Redick. J.J. Redick was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the eleventh pick of the 2006 NBA Draft. After a drunk driving charge before his first season, Redick went on to average 6.0 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game in 14.8 minutes per game. In his second season, Redick averaged 4.1 points per game and 0.7 rebounds per game, but only played 8.1 minutes per game. In his third season, he was a key role player as the Orlando Magic went to the NBA Finals and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. Redick averaged 6.0 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game in 20 minutes per game for the Orlando Magic in the 2008-2009 NBA Playoffs. This past season, Redick averaged 9.4 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game in 22 minutes per game. He is currently playing for the Magic in their first round playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats.
- 2005 - Andrew Bogut. Andrew Bogut was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the first pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. In his rookie season, Bogut averaged 9.4 points and 7 rebounds per game in 28.6 minutes per game. He has steadily increased his numbers in rebounding and scoring each season (there was a slight dip in scoring during 2008-2009 season) and had his best season as a professional this past season when he averaged 15.9 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game. However, Bogut was injured in March of 2010 and was forced to sit out the rest of the season. He is currently rooting on the Milwaukee Bucks from the bench as they play the Atlanta Hawks in their first round playoff series.
Now, casual basketball fans, you can take this knowledge out into the world and impress your friends the next time you watch the game together.