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RandBall: Some very good NBA players were never top prep prospects

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • November 14, 2013 - 3:17 PM

A nice bit of searching over at Deadspin yielded an interesting look at the best U.S.-born NBA players since 2003 who were not part of the Rivals.com top 150 in high school.

Deadspin used PER as the ranking metric, and we'll just list off some of the players from the top:

Russell Westbrook

Kenneth Faried

Steph Curry

Javale McGee

Roy Hibbert

And there are a bunch more. So yes, we can all celebrate the big Reid Travis decision last week and the big Tyus Jones decision tomorrow. But remember: Plenty of very good NBA players are late bloomers, too.

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