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All-Time ALL-USA Almosts

These American Family Insurance ALL-USA first team selections learned that high school stardom doesn't guarantee pro success


Besides Ronnie Fields, these American Family Insurance ALL-USA first team players either didn’t make it to the NBA or didn’t stay long despite early promise.


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Greg Oden, C. The Two-time All-USA Player of the Year (2005 and 2006) led Lawrence North (Indianapolis) to three consecutive state titles and won an NCAA title in his only season at Ohio State. He has been limited by various injuries to 82 NBA games and hasn’t played since 2009, though he is talking about making a comeback next season.


Oden was a two-time ALL-USA Player of the Year. / Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports


Damon Bailey, G. One of the most-hyped prospects in Indiana, thanks to early attention by Bob Knight and a Sports Illustrated feature. Bailey led Bedford North Lawrence (Bedford, Ind.) to a state title as a senior, led Indiana to two Big Ten titles and was sixth on the Hoosier’s all-time scoring list. After being the 44th pick overall in the 1994 NBA draft, he spent a few years in the CBA.


Bailey coached the boys basketball team at North Lawrence from 2005-07. / AP


Dajuan Wagner, G. Led Camden to a New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in 2000 while averaging 42 points a game. He starred one season at Memphis before being taken No. 6 overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. His NBA career was shortened to 103 games and 28 starts because of knee injuries and colon replacement surgery.


Wagner played one season at Memphis before heading to the NBA. / Eileen Blass, USA TODAY Sports
 

Renardo Sidney, F. Averaged 26.5 points and 13.5 rebounds a game his senior year at Fairfax (Los Angeles). After signing with Mississippi State, he had to sit out parts of two seasons after getting suspended by the NCAA for receiving illegal benefits. By the time he played at Mississippi State, he weighed more than 300 pounds and not much of a factor. He was not selected in last year’s NBA draft.


Sidney's weight became an issue after high school. / Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Sports
 

Delray Brooks, G. The 1984 All-USA Player of the Year averaged 33.4 points and 7.3 rebounds a game at Rogers (Michigan City, Ind.) his senior year. After playing 15 minutes a game as a freshman at Indiana, he minutes fell as a sophomore and transferred to Providence. As a senior, he led the Friars in scoring and helped them reach the Final Four but was not selected in the NBA draft.


Brooks (right) found success at Providence with Billy Donovan (left) and coach Rick Pitino (center), but he never made it to the NBA. / AP

 

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