What happened to the number 1 ranked SF recruit from 2010-2015?

2010: Harrison Barnes SF Ames, Iowa. 1st ranked national, 1st best SF, 1st best in the state of Iowa. Played 2 seasons at UNC (2010-2012). 1st round pick in 2012 NBA Draft (7th overall) by the Golden State Warriors. 8+ years in NBA (4 with Warriors, 3 with Mavericks, 3 with Kings). 2015 NBA Champion (with Warriors). 604 games started (655 games played) out of 656+. Averages 13.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 1.8 apg. Currently starting SF for the Sacramento Kings.

2011: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF Elizabeth, New Jersey. 3rd ranked national, 1st best SF, 1st best in the state of New Jersey. Played 1 season at Kentucky (2011-2012), won NCAA Championship (2012 with Kentucky). 1st round pick in 2012 NBA Draft (2nd overall) by Charlotte Hornets. 8 years in NBA (8 with Hornets, 1 with Mavericks). 356 games started (446 games played) out of 656. Averaged 8.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 1.2 apg. Currently a free agent in NBA.

2012: Kyle Anderson SF Jersey City, New Jersey. 3rd ranked national, 1st best SF, 1st best in the state of New Jersey. Played 2 seasons at UCLA (2012-2014). 1st round pick in 2014 NBA Draft (30th overall) by the San Antonio Spurs. 6+ years in NBA (4 with Spurs, 3 with Grizzlies). 221 games started (420 games played) out of 492+. Averages 6.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, and 2.2 apg. Currently starting PF for the Memphis Grizzlies.

2013: Andrew Wiggins SF Huntington, West Virginia. 1st ranked national, 1st best SF, 1st best in the state of West Virginia. Played 1 season at Kansas (2013-2014). 1st round pick in 2014 NBA Draft (1st overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers. 6+ years in NBA (6 with Timberwolves, 2 with Warriors). 511 games started (511 games played) out of 559. 2014-2015 Rookie of the Year. Averages 19.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, and 2.3 apg. Currently starting SG for the Golden State Warriors.

2014: Justin Jackson SF Spring, Texas. 9th ranked national, 1st best SF, 3rd best in the state of Texas. Played 3 seasons at UNC (2014-2017), won NCAA Championship (2017 with UNC). 1st round pick in 2017 NBA Draft (15th overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers. 3+ years in NBA (2 with Kings, 2 with Mavericks, 1 with Thunder). 61 games started (247 games played) out of 300+. Averages 6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, and 1.1 apg. Currently a free agent in NBA.

2015: Ben Simmons SF Montverde, Florida. 1st ranked national, 1st best SF, 1st best in the state of Florida. Played 1 season at LSU (2015-2016). 1st round pick in 2016 NBA Draft (1st overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers. 3+ years in NBA (4 with 76ers). 265 games started (265 games played) out of 300+. 3x All-Star (2018, 2019, 2020), 2017-2018 Rookie of the Year, 2019-2020 All-NBA, 2019-2020 All-Defensive. Averages 16.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, and 7.8 apg. Currently starting PG for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Source: 247sports.com

From 2010-2015:

Drafted in NBA Draft (6): Ben Simmons, Justin Jackson, Andrew Wiggins, Kyle Anderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Harrison Barnes

Made an All-Star team (1): Ben Simmons 3x

Won NCAA Championship (2): Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Justin Jackson

Currently on NBA roster (4): Ben Simmons, Andrew Wiggins, Kyle Anderson, and Harrison Barnes

The top SF recruits from 2010-2015 have had successful post-college careers. There are currently 4/6 of the SF’s that are on NBA rosters, and all 4 are starting for their respective teams. The two players that won NCAA championship’s are also the two players who are not on NBA rosters currently. Ben Simmons is probably the best player from 2010-2015, and he is currently second in defensive player of the year odds for this season.

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