Whatever Happened To Jonathan Bender?

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benderIf you remember Jonathan Bender at all, you probably think of him as one of those high school prodigies who never went to college and washed out quickly in the NBA.

Selected with the No. 5 pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, the lanky 7-foot teenager was destined to become the future of the Indiana Pacers, that weight to be slung on his shoulders in the post-Reggie Miller era.

You might remember the promise Bender once had; the guard-like quickness with which he moved his 7-foot frame, or how he could explode to the basket and throw down some of the prettiest-looking dunks you’ve ever seen. His wingspan would have made Jay Bilas blush, his perimeter game a primitive-age predecessor to Kevin Durant.

You probably don’t remember much about him on the court in the NBA, as he flamed out in just seven seasons, falling victim to a massive knee injury that virtually ended his career. And that’s probably where you forgot about him.

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Where Are They Now? Visiting the 2013 Euroleague Playoffs

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800px-Juan_Carlos_Navarro_by_Augustas_DidzgalvisWelcome everyone to another edition of Sheridan Hoops presents Where Are  They Now?

This week, we will look at the former NBA and NCAA players that are taking part in the 2013 Euroleague Playoffs. With two teams having advanced and four attempting to join them, there’s no shortage of players making waves overseas.

As outlined by Nick Gibson of Sheridan Hoops, Barcelona of Spain will play Panathinaikos of Greece and Olympiacos of Greece will square off with Anadolu Efes of Turkey on Thursday, April 25. Real Madrid of Spain and CSKA Moscow of Russia have already advanced and await the winners of those games.

So which memorable names are taking part in the postseason festivities?

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Where Are They Now? McDonald’s All-Americans, Part II

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Last week, Where Are They Now? covered the players whose potential was once untapped as McDonald’s All-Americans. With an abundance of talent that took part in such a game, it’s only fair that we expand our search to other great McDonald’s All-American Game alumni.

So Where Are They Now?

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Where Are They Now? Revisiting the McDonald’s All-American Game

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Andrew WigginsOn Wednesday, the basketball world took notice of the nation’s top prep stars in the McDonald’s All-American Game. This decorated event brought to light the stars of tomorrow, as players such as Andrew Wiggins (pictured to the left), Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and MVP Aaron Gordon put their talents on full display.

The question is, where are the past stars of the McDonald’s All-American Game?

While the mind tells us that this is the best recruiting class in years, this isn’t the first time we’ve generated such hype for high school players. In fact, we approach this event with the same untamed excitement every year.

So where are the stars of yesteryear? Let’s find out.

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Where Are They Now? Revisiting the NCAA Tournament

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ncaaThe wait is over and the event we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us—we’re finally back with another edition of Where Are They Now?

In the spirit of the NCAA Tournament, we’ve taken a keen focus to some of the greatest Tournament performers of the past decade. Some anchored Cinderella stories that we’ll never forget, while others reached stardom by way of their Tournament success.

One way or another, these players had their respective careers shaped by March Madness. So who are they and where are they now?

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