18. Demarcus Cousins (Kentucky)
The best friend, enforcer, and talented co-star of the University of Kentucky team led by point guard John Wall, NBA teams couldn’t stop gushing about the talent and potential upside of Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins. Countless NBA personnel compared him, for better or for worse, to former Syracuse forward Derrick Coleman, the first overall pick of the 1990 NBA Draft.
While Cousins’ penchant for moodiness and outbursts came with him from Lexington to the NBA, eventually exasperating the Sacramento Kings (who took him with the 5th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft) into trading him, few will argue that Cousins was one of the most lethal, well-rounded big men in the game.