7. D.J. Kennedy
From 2007 to 2011, D.J. Kennedy dazzled New York City as a ball-handling maestro from St. John’s University. While playing a rather position-less style, Kennedy became a fan favorite within the Big East.
The 6’6” do-it-all affirmed his star status during his sophomore season by averaging 13.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Kennedy followed his sophomore breakout with a junior season to remember.
Kennedy led the Red Storm in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. Kennedy also upped his three-point field goal percentage by .050 points.
From there, Kennedy signed on with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League. In 44 games with Erie in 2011-12, Kennedy averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Kennedy has since returned to the D-League, where he’s re-joined Erie.
Through 28 games in 2012-13, Kennedy is averaging 18.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals. In other words, he’s outdoing his mind-blowing 2011-12 campaign.
Kennedy was named an NBA D-League All-Star earlier this month.
Rashad McCants spent three seasons at the University of North Carolina, developing a reputation as one of the best shooters in the nation. Career averages of 17.6 points per game on 41.5 percent shooting from three-point range is evidence enough.
His sophomore and junior seasons border on the edge of legendary.
McCants was phenomenal in year two, averaging 20.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He also posted a slash line of .479/.408/.748.
As a junior, McCants went for 16.0 points on a slash line of .489/.423/.722. The Tar Heels went on to win the National Championship, with McCants dropping 14 points to help secure the W.
McCants would leave school after that season and go 14th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft. After struggling through his first two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, McCants caught fire in year three.
He posted a career-high of 14.9 points on a career-best 40.7 shooting from beyond the arc. One year later, he was out of the NBA.
From there, McCants spent time in Puerto Rico, the Philippines and China. He also made a stint in the NBA D-League with the Texas Legends.
Everything has come full circle, as McCants signed with the Legends on January 13, 2013. In four games, McCants is averaging 19.8 points on 49.2 percent shooting from the floor and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Never say never.
9. Gerry McNamara
Whether you loved to cheer him on or loathed facing him, all college basketball fans can agree on one simple fact. Gerry McNamara was one of the most clutch players in NCAA history.