College heroes turned pro zeros

July 10, 2013|By Riley Blevins | RedEye

All this Derrick Rose jazz can be frustrating. We get it.

But look on the bright side: the Bulls could have taken Kansas State’s Michael Beasley with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Imagine that. Yikes.

That was once the great draft debate, remember? Rose or Beasley? Rose or Beasley? Hmmm...

To make a short story even shorter, Beasley never panned out. Not even close.

By all accounts Beasley is a “bust.” He’s one example of many great college athletes that seemed destined for successful pro careers and ended up falling flat on their face. 

With this year’s NBA draft still fresh in the review mirror, Bulls fans can only hope that Tony Snell doesn’t slam his motorcycle into a pole (Yes, I’m talking about you, Jay Williams).

RedEye looks at the top 10 greatest college athletes that stumbled in the pros.

Some have Chicago ties, some don’t. That wasn’t necessarily a requirement to be included in the list. But luckily Chicago has a rich history of producing busts.

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