Recently, ESPN insider John Gasaway released his list of the top 50 individual college basketball seasons since 2007. That year marked the beginning of the one-and-done era that allowed players to declare for the NBA Draft after just one year of college experience.
Out of the 50 players, the DMV was well-represented on the list. From high school to college to the NBA, several players who made their mark locally also shined during their collegiate careers.
The highest-ranking DMV product on the list was Kevin Durant, who checked in at No. 4. The former NBA MVP is a Maryland native and spent his high school career playing at National Christian Academy and Montrose Christian School in Maryland and Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Durant went on to star in his one season at Texas in 2007, averaging 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and being named the nation's best player. The inaugural one-and-done season, he took full advantage of the new rule and was selected No. 2 overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Next on the list came John Wall as the point guard was awarded the No. 13 best single-season in the last 13 years. Though Wall is a native of North Carolina, he has become a star locally thanks to his stellar career with the Wizards. What brought him to Washington was his dominant freshman year at Kentucky. Wall averaged 16.6 and 6.5 assists per game for Kentucky in 2009-10 and ended up being selected No. 1 overall by the Wizards.
Others to make the list include Josh Hart, Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo. Unlike Durant and Wall, these three shined later in their collegiate careers as they did not opt to go the one-and-done route. Hart, a Sidwell Friends High School alum, averaged 15.5 points during his junior year at Villanova en route to a national title and ranked No. 19 on the list. Brogdon shined at Virginia, impressing greatly during his senior season in which he scored 18.2 points per game earning him the No. 22 spot.
Now with the Indiana Pacers, Oladipo's junior season at Indiana was one of the more incredible leaps a player has made in college. The DeMatha High School product averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season for the Hoosiers, putting him No. 23 on the list. Those aren't eye-popping stats, but Oladipo excelled in all areas of the game, earning him national player of the year consideration and greatly improving his draft stock.
Former Wizard and Georgetown Hoya Jeff Green was also part of the list earning the No. 43 spot. During his junior year in 2007, the Maryland native averaged 14.3 points per game.
The DMV has always been a hotbed for basketball talent, and their recent success at the collegiate level and on only further proves that point.
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