8 current/former Pacers in the top 100 of that 2005 Rivals 150. That's pretty crazy really. What an awesome recruiting class.
Dwight, Josh Smith, Al Jefferson, Rudy Gay, heck Shaun Livingston could have been great if not for his knee. Lamarcus Aldridge, Glen Davis, Marvin Williams, Rajon Rondo, Aaron Afflalo, Kyle Lowry, and that's just the guys in the top 30 of that class.
By that account, one man's failure to live up to the hype doesn't make Shabazz a bust. Gerald didn't work hard in the NBA... that was his initial problem.
For what it's worth, if Shabazz doesn't play a single minute of college ball this season, he's still a top 5 pick at worst, and likely top 3. Chad Ford had a question about this very topic yesterday.
Shabazz Muhammad, F, UCLA
Top 100 Rank: 3
On Friday the NCAA ruled that Muhammad was ineligible for the start of UCLA's season. Whether that ban continues all season is anyone's guess. Even if Muhammad doesn't play one game all season, every NBA scout I spoke with still believes he's a top-3 pick. He's got a terrific motor, is a great scorer and is versatile.
In fact, if Noel doesn't improve, I wouldn't be shocked to see Muhammad go No. 1. Plenty of scouts have concerns about Cody Zeller's long-term upside in the NBA. They may feel Muhammad has more sizzle. At this point, I'm not sure it behooves Muhammad to play for UCLA. His draft stock may be better off sitting the season out.
We'll see, but I think he slips at least out of the top 5 like Brandon Jennings did from playing overseas.
Haven't followed Shabazz much, but I know he's clearly the best prospect in this draft. Are there any legit reports of him being a headcase or we just assuming so because he got caught?
He's not a headcase. He got visits to UNC and Duke paid for. That's his only knock, far as I know anyway. And in terms of NBA stock I couldn't care less about it.
In regards to tanking and whatnot, we may not even have to. We currently have the 7th pick. I do expect us to get better (have to right?), but I'm just saying.
Also, the Lakers would have the 8th pick. So, yeah.
I'd rather the Pacers have Yogi than Zeller.
I don't want Bazz. I'm sure he is an outstanding athlete and that oozes with potential. Give me the proven winner and leader. Give me the guy that more than held his own against the "can't miss" prospect Anthony Davis. Zeller > Bazz