JOHN WALL, 2009: NO. 2
A teammate of Cousins at Kentucky, John Wall had a fantastic lone season in college before taking his talents to the NBA. As a Wildcat, Wall averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game, receiving consensus All-American status while also getting the Rupp Trophy and the SEC Player of the Year award.
Wall, of course, wasn’t the top-ranked player in his class, though he probably should have been. That honor, instead, went to Derrick Favors, who had a decent career at Georgia Tech and a similarly impressive career thus far in the NBA.
He hasn’t come close to matching Wall’s impact, though.