Recruiting can be fickle, as it is difficult to project just how successful players will be at the next level. Certain players may have all the skill in the world, but lack the work ethic necessary to continue to thrive against better competition. Other players may have the talent to be successful, but be unable to get out of their own way off the court and be unsuccessful on it as a result. Then other times, talented players may declare for the NBA Draft too early and be unable to gain the necessary polish in time to carve out a successful career. Let's take a look at 10 highly-touted CBB recruits from 2005-2010 who did not pan out as expected and try to understand why.
10. Julian Wright - Class of 2005
College Stats: 10.4/6.3/2.0
Julian Wright was the #8 player in the class of 2005 and committed to the Kansas Jayhawks as a hyped up PF. Through two seasons, he was able to garner Big 12 All-Freshman and All-Big 12 teams before being drafted in the first round in the 2007 Draft.
On the surface, he does not resemble a bust, but he never truly reached his full potential that he was stacked against. In college, he averaged 10.4 PPG and 6.3 REB over two seasons and was drafted based, again, on that upside and potential. He never capitalized on it, unfortunately, and was unable to latch on in the NBA.
College: Ohio State
College Stats: 8.8/4.7/0.3
B.J. Mullens may come as a surprise to some, seeing as how he only played one season in college before he was drafted to the NBA. However, as the #2 player in his class you would like to see him perform better in his lone collegiate year, as well as at least carve out a role in the league, but he has been unable to do so.
He has bounced around in the G-League and is a good cautionary tale to those who may declare before they are truly ready for the league, similarly to Wright.
College Stats: 8.9/7.0/0.6
Mouphtaou Yarou was a player who was hyped to be a big-time contributor for the Villanova Wildcats as the number 11 player in the class of 2009. The 6'10" big man from Montrose Christian was not able to put it all together, however, as he averaged a rather inefficient 8.9 PPG to go along with 7 REB.
He was not an awful player, but he offered little in the ways of rim protection and was a 49