Adidas Plays “What If. . .”Posted by nvr1983 on March 12th, 2009
Adidas has just released a new series of commercials featuring several prep-to-pro stars pretending that they went to various schools.The ads themselves are fairly interesting, but I would be more interested in your thoughts on where these guys (and other prep-to-pros) would have actually gone and what impact they would have had on those programs. Would they have led their schools to multiple championships or would they fail to live up to expectations? Would Tracy McGrady win a round in the NCAA tournament? I know that CNNSI used to do a feature like this making an imaginary NCAA tournament, but I can’t find the link right now.
First, here are the commercials:
Personally I would have liked the videos to feature the guys either doing a big press conference where they announce which school they will be going to or some sort of dream sequence where Dwight Howard is dominating some mediocre college center (Brian Zoubek?).
After the jump we have a list of prep-to-pros since 1995. I am interested in hearing your thoughts on where they would have gone and what impact they would have had. Leave you thoughts in the comment section and your reasoning for the argument.
Kevin Garnett – was reportedly going to Michigan
Kobe Bryant – was reportedly going to Duke
Jermaine O’Neal – was reportedly going to South Carolina
Tracy McGrady – committed to Kentucky
Stephen Jackson – committed to Arizona
Al Harrington – down to Seton Hall or Georgia Tech
Jonathan Bender – committed to Mississippi St.
Darius Miles – committed to St. John’s
DeShawn Stevenson – committed to Kansas
Kwame Brown – committed to Florida
Tyson Chandler – I remember he wore a Michigan jersey during his “60 Minutes” piece when he was in high school
Eddy Curry – committed to Depaul
DeSagana Diop – committed to Virginia
Amare Stoudemire – committed to Memphis
Travis Outlaw – committed to Mississippi St.
Ndudi Ebi – committed to Arizona
Kendrick Perkins – committed to Memphis
James Lang – committed to Louisville
Dwight Howard – was reportedly going to UNC
Shaun Livingston – committed to Duke.
Sebastian Telfair – committed to Louisville
Al Jefferson – committed to Arkansas
Josh Smith – committed to Indiana
J.R. Smith – committed to UNC
Dorrell Wright – committed to Depaul
Martell Webster – committed to Washington
Andrew Bynum – committed to UConn
Gerald Green – committed to Oklahoma St.
C.J. Miles – committed to Kansas
Monta Ellis – committed to Mississippi St.
Louis Williams – commited to Georgia
Andray Blatche – committed to St. John’s (?)
Amir Johnson – committed to Louisville
I filled in some ones that I was fairly certain of, but feel free to correct me or add more to the list. I didn’t fill in the guys from the commercials because they obviously had some motivation to pick Adidas schools, which rules out some big name Nike schools like Duke and UNC. That wouldn’t happen in real life. At least I don’t think it would. . .
Thankfully, the new NBA rule is at least making guys go to college for a year (except in the case of Brandon Jennings) and we are hearing rumors that David Stern might make that two years. Still it’s interesting to think of what might have been particularly for some of these high school superstars who never panned out in the NBA. Would college have improved their game or would they have just flamed out at an earlier stage?