Derrick Coleman and Andrew Wiggins: Why Potential Is a Dangerous Word by @OkoriWadsworth

Posted in Blogroll on November 7th, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

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Will he be great?

Close your eyes. Reflect back, if you can, on that era of Big East basketball of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Reminisce over Chris Mullin and Walter Berry at St. John’s, Ewing, Zo and Dikembe at Georgetown, and then think about Syracuse basketball. Think about Dwayne Washington, Sherman Douglas, Billy Owens and Rony Seikaly. And realize that the player from that era who everyone, to a man, would have told you would have been the best from that era is Derrick Coleman. And yet, every time I say that name, I can’t help but wonder if he could have done more with the vast gifts that he had. Since this was a guy who called Karl Malone an Uncle Tom, I think I’m safe in assuming that answer is an emphatic yes.

And perhaps because of that, I worry about young hyped basketball players. I worried about Kevin Durant, and was proven wrong. I worried about Anthony Davis, and was proven wrong. But I worried about Marvin Williams, and I was proven right. Same with Felipe Lopez and Greg Oden. So when Andrew Wiggins, who is supposed to be the next (insert great NBA Player here), gets named to an all-American team I worry. Because the story of Derrick Coleman, and all those can’t miss prospects that somehow missed, lives within me. Can Andrew Wiggins be on the Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis tree? Let’s find out.
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