MONTA ELLIS

Cohen’s Analysis: Any time a player can score 72 points in a game and 42 against a nationally renowned power like Oak Hill Academy, you know they have a lot of upside. This is what Monta Ellis accomplished while at Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi.

It was a dubious choice to sacrifice his college opportunity considering he wasn’t projected to be a First Round selection, however. And when the Warriors took him 40th overall in 2005, you assumed it was a huge mistake. But nearly eight years later, we can definitively say that Ellis was a steal in the second round and now is among the most electrifying guards in the NBA.

Where was he supposed to go to college?

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