DERRICK ROSE, 2007: NO. 6
The No. 6 player, the No. 2 point guard and the top prospect out of Illinois for his class, Derrick Rose spent one year at Memphis before declaring to go pro.
After a relatively mundane start to his college career, Rose is remembered for how he took his play to another level in the NCAA Tournament, where he averaged 20.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Of course, Rose is also remembered for the missed free throw late in the national championship game, which allowed Mario Chalmers to hit one of the most clutch shots in college basketball history, preventing Memphis from winning the first national title in the program’s history.
Nevertheless, Rose wound up being the top pick of the 2008 draft, eventually becoming the 2011 league MVP, so it’s safe to say he bounced back nicely after that one night of disappointment.