Basketball Standouts From College Who Missed The Mark In The NBA

basketball | 6/8/18

Not every great college basketball player is destined for glory in the NBA. More than a few sadly reach their peak at the end of their teens or their early 20s. Maybe they stop growing, suddenly finding themselves undersized and outmatched while others just find their capacity for athletic growth limited. There are even a handful of college greats who simply decided after college that basketball was no longer their lifelong passion. This list is dedicated to those players! Not the ones you watch every day on TV. You won’t find Stephen Curry or Joel Embiid on this list.

Nick Fazekas Is Good At Scoring

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Nick Fazekas played his college ball at Nevada, where he established himself as one of the program’s all-time great players. From 2005 to 2007 Fazekas averaged 18.8 points per game to go along with 9.6 rebounds. He also made 53 percent of his shots. His college success allowed Fazekas a brief, albeit uneventful NBA career. Taken 34th overall by the Dallas Mavericks, he played one year with the team before being released. Signing next with the Clippers, he never actually even put the jersey on because the team revoked their qualifying offer. Things continued to go poorly, leading Fazekas to plays basketball in Europe and Japan, where he currently plays for the Toshiba Brave Thunders.