2. Ed O'Bannon
College: UCLA. Averaged 20.4 ppg and 8.3 rpg while shooting 43 percent from 3-point range his senior season and won the John Wooden Award.
NBA Draft: New Jersey Nets, ninth overall in 1995.
NBA: Lasted just two years, played in 128 games, averaging 5.0 ppg and 2.5 rpg.
After a serious knee injury that nearly derailed his college career, Ed O’Bannon managed to return to full health and had a tremendous impact on both the UCLA program and the college basketball world. In his senior year, the former McDonald’s All-American led the Bruins to their 11th national championship - the first and so far only title since the John Wooden era - scoring 30 points and grabbing 17 rebounds against Arkansas in the final.
After his prolific career at UCLA came to an end, O’Bannon seemed destined to be a promising pro after being selected by New Jersey with a lottery pick. Unfortunately for O’Bannon and the Nets, the former Bruins forward simply did not have the explosiveness to excel in the NBA. His continual knee problems did help hasten his decline and retirement after a stunningly short career.