What happened to the number 1 center recruit (Men’s basketball) from 2010-2015?

2010: Enes Kanter C Simi Valley, California. 8th ranked national, 1st best center, 1st best in the state of California. Went to the NBA straight from high school. 1st round pick in 2011 NBA Draft (3rd overall) by the Utah Jazz. 9+ years in NBA (4 with Jazz, 3 with Thunder, 2 with Knicks, 2 with Trail Blazers, 1 with Celtics). 257 games started (695 games played) out of 738. 0x All-Star, averages 11.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, and 0.9 apg. Currently backup center for Portland Trail Blazers.

2011: Rakeem Christmas C Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 23rd ranked national, 1st best center, 1st best in the state of Pennsylvania. Played 4 seasons for Syracuse (2011-2015). 2nd round pick in 2015 NBA Draft (36th overall) by Minnesotta Timberwolves. 2 years in NBA (2 with Pacers). 0 games started (30 games played) out of 164. 0x All-Star, averaged 2.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, and 0.1 apg. Currently plays overseas for the Yulon Luxgen Dinos in Taiwan.

2012: Steven Adams C Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 5th ranked national, 1st best center, 1st best in the state of Massachusetts. Played 1 year for Pitt (2012-2013). 1st round pick in 2013 NBA Draft (12th overall) by Oklahoma City Thunder. 8+ seasons in NBA (7 with Thunder, 1 with Pelicans). 517 games started (581 games played) out of 656. 0x All-Star, averages 9.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, and 1.2 apg. Currently starting center for New Orleans Pelicans.

Source: 247sports.com

2013: Dakari Johnson C Brooklyn, New York. 10th ranked national, 1st best center, 3rd best in the state of New York. Played 2 seasons for Kentucky (2013-2015). 2nd round pick in 2015 NBA Draft (48th overall) by Oklahoma City Thunder. 1 year in the NBA with the Thunder. 6 games started (31 games played) out of 82. 0x All-Star, averaged 1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg, and 0.3 apg. Currently plays overseas for Qingdao Eagles in China.

2014: Jahlil Okafor C Chicago, Illinois. 1st ranked national, 1st best center, 1st best in the state of Illinois. Played 1 season for Duke (2014-2015), won National Championship with Duke in his 1 season. 1st round pick in 2015 NBA Draft (3rd overall) by Philadelphia 76ers. 5+ seasons in NBA (3 with 76ers, 2 with Pelicans, 1 with Nets, 1 with Pistons). 114 games started (235 games played) out of 410. 0x All-Star, averages 10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 apg. Currently backup center for Detroit Pistons.

2015: Skal Labissiere C Memphis, Tennessee. 2nd ranked national, 1st best center, 1st best in the state of Tennessee. Played 1 season for Kentucky (2015-2016). 1st round pick in 2016 NBA Draft (28th overall) by Phoenix Suns. 4 years in NBA (3 for Kings, 2 for Trail Blazers). 42 games started (148 games played) out of 328. 0x All-Star, averaged 7.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 apg. Currently plays for the Westchester Knicks in the NBA G-League.

From 2010-2015:

Drafted in NBA Draft (6): Skal Labissiere, Jahlil Okafor, Dakari Johnson, Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, and Rakeem Christmas

Currently on NBA roster (3): Jahlil Okafor, Steven Adams, and Enes Kanter

Made an NBA All-Star team (0)

Currently play overseas (2): Rakeem Christmas and Dakari Johnson

From 2010-2015 the number 1 center out of high school got drafted every year. There has been 0 all-stars, and only one of the centers is currently a starter in the NBA today. A major takeaway from the top center recruits from 2010-2015 is that at best they were considered solid role players in the NBA, but none are considered to be a star in the NBA.

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