JAMES HARDEN, 2007: NO. 14
We already covered the No. 16 player in the 2007 class in Harden. Well, the player ranked two spots ahead of him on that year’s ranking was none other than James Harden, the reigning league MVP.
Harden, the No. 1 player out of California that year, chose Arizona State over offers from Arizona, USC and UCLA. Over two campaigns in Tempe, Harden averaged 19.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, earning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as a sophomore, as well as achieving consensus All-American status that season.
Harden would then declare he was turning pro, getting selected No. 3 overall in the 2009 draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.