I was listening sort of to ESPN radio just a minute ago, and a guy from Indy called in and said he is sick and tired of waiting on High school players to live up to expectations. He mentioned Al and Jon as two classic examples. I don't want to talk about Jon right now.
But I do want to talk about AL
Has Al Harrington lived up to expectations.
Keep in mind he was the 25th player taken in the draft and I don't remember anyone suggesting he should have been taken any earlier.
I think some people assume that if a high school player is taken he is supposed to be a star player, well I contend that the draft is a crapshoot no matter if you are taking a college grad or a high school player. The success rate is about the same for either, some will excel some will be a bust.
AL has certainly met my expectations. He was the 3rd best player on a 61 win team this past season. Any player taken 25th in the draft that achieves that is certainly not a bust. In fact in many ways he has exceeded my expectations.