Thats out of the star tribune. Interesting read. I mean he did open the gate for guys like Kobe and JO ect, it is just too many HSers think they can make the jump.. Truth is, if they are not a sure lottery pick, if not top 10 at that, they are not ready. Too many people around guys like Ebi want to be the guy who said "I am the one who told him that he should go" so when they are in a 6-year contract, there will be a present there waiting for them... But reality is, this could've just messed up his life, not just finacially but mentally. They has this mental mind set that they are good enough at this, and that they are too good for that ect... It is not KG's fault though, you can not blame a guy who is that gifted because someone has troubles making their own personal decisions... I could go for ever since I wrote a paper on this very subject, but I will allow you to take your own stand on this.Blame KG for Ebi?
There was a Part II to the comments former NBA point guard and coach John Lucas made to the Houston Chronicle the other day about failed Wolves draft pick Ndudi Ebi. Lucas, who has helped counsel a number of players with chemical dependency problems, works with young players in the Houston area and reportedly will help Ebi develop his skills. Ebi, drafted out of Houston's Westbury Christian High School in 2003 as the 26th pick overall, has been working out at a rec center in the suburb of Bellaire.
Lucas -- whose son John, a quick point guard, was with the Wolves in the summer league and training camp -- blamed Ebi's decision to prematurely turn pro, in part, on the success that Garnett had doing precisely that eight years earlier.
"He may be a guy who hurt basketball," Lucas said of Garnett. "Because of his success, people began to look at athleticism rather than talent. But Garnett proved to be a rare case.
"Great basketball players were overlooked because NBA teams wanted athletes. NBA people thought that they could take size and athleticism and teach the skills, but Garnett was different. He had the total package."
Interesting theory, especially since Kevin McHale, Wolves VP of basketball operations, drafted them both.