3 NBA Pros who owned the NCAA Basketball Tournament:
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Below we are mentioning 3 great basketball players who were outstanding for their respective college teams before they went to have a successful career in the NBA.
1- Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA as a power forward and center. He has been named to 3 All-NBA First Teams and 3 NBA All-Defensive Teams as well as earning the NBA All-Star 6 times. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he got a gold medal too while playing with the US team.
During the 2011-12 seasons, he was a highly successful player for the Kentucky Wildcats. He was averaging 15.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.6 blocks that season in the tournament. His performances were especially impressive in the semi-final and final of the National Championship.
In the semi-final game against Louisville Cardinals, Davis registered a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds to play a vital role in their victory. While in the final against Kansas Jayhawks, he dominated defensively and had 6 blocks and 16 rebounds to his name. He also received the 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. Davis came to the NBA as a first-round draft pick.
2- Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is known as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the NBA. He has already played for Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Houston Rockets. He was once a huge star in the New York State basketball universe before he went on to have a highly successful career in the NBA.
Carmelo Anthony played for Syracuse Orange in the 2002-03 season. He was instrumental in leading the club to its first national championship. Syracuse defeated teams like Oklahoma State, Texas, and Kansas on their way to their championship title.
In the final against the University of Kansas, Carmelo Anthony gave the best display of his talents. He led all the scorers with 20 points while also claiming 10 rebounds to his name. His 2002-03 season is considered by many as one of the greatest seasons for a freshman in the history of college hoops. He was later named as the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Denver Nuggets chose him in the 2003 NBA draft with whom he played until 2011.
3- Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is a hugely popular NBA player who spent most of his professional career with Chicago Bulls, and he is now playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves as a Point guard. In the year 2011, he became the youngest player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player award. Apart from his grading/ recruiting controversy, he was a greatly successful player for Memphis Tigers in his college career.
Derrick Rose contributed a great deal in leading Memphis Tigers to a record 33-1 in the regular season. In the tournament, he was averaging an amazing 20.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6 assists. However, he did miss an important free throw against Kansas in the final and his team lost that game. Derrick Rose made it to the NBA as a first overall to play for the Chicago Bulls.