4. Kwame Brown
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Kwame Brown is another cautionary tale of a high school player who should have spent some time in college refining his skills. Brown dominated as a high school player in Georgia, and McDonald’s All-American in 2001. When it came down for the Washington Wizards to make their choice with the number one pick, they made Brown the first ever high school player taken at that spot. At least the Wizards can say they made history, but I’m sure they wished Brown hadn’t turned into a total flameout.
Brown wilted under the pressure of going number one and from Wizards Director of Basketball Operations breathing down his neck. Jordan had unrealistic expectations of players, wanting them to put in as much effort as he did back in the day. It is possible Brown could have succeeded in the NBA if he was simply drafted lower in the lottery.