- May 15, 2014
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I was thinking from the perspective of a college basketball fan since this isn’t an NBA forum and no one in that draft class has played at that level yet. Can you really call a player a bust in the NBA before their class has begun playing NBA games? Seems premature.That was a fine season and his overall composite advanced stats at Duke also were quite good for his two years there.
However, Hurt was the RSCI consensus #6 player in the country in the fall of his senior year (he slipped to #12 after his senior year). When you're that highly rated these days, having a very good college career is not the most important goal. Of the top 11 in that fall-of-senior-year ranking, only Hurt and #9 Khalil Whitney remained undrafted after two years following their prep careers.
Right now, one could say that Hurt is in the same position as McKinley Wright; trying to earn an eventual spot by way of a two-way contract. McKinley Wright was nowhere to be found among the RSCI top 100 at the beginning of his senior year of high school. 247 rated him as the #229 player in the country.
So, Truth Seeker is more or less correct. Hurt was overrated given his lofty ranking as a prep. I guess we could also say that McKinley Wright was underrated.
He was a great player last season regardless of the fact that he played for a bubble team. If someone told me a 5-star averaged 18 & 6 as efficiently as he did, I personally wouldn’t consider them to be a bust and would love to have that production on our team.
McKinley Wright was definitely underrated. I’d bet the 6’9” elite shooter has a better shot at sticking around in the NBA though.