Adam Morrison, 6'8" G/F played his last game as a college player tonight. And it was a tough one. Quite amazing actually if you have UCLA in your Final Four. Morrison led the NCAA in scoring and has been compared to Larry Bird (obvious skin pigment and peach fuzz mustache not withstanding). The guy can shoot, handle and pass. But does the comparison really stick?
Luke Jackson, 6'7" G/F of the Cleveland Cavaliers occasionally makes the highlight reel by being on the same floor as LeBron James. At the University of Oregon, he was a superstar. He led the Ducks in scoring and rebounding and was constantly making the Sportscenter reel with his dunks and shots. Thought of so highly, he was taken number 10 overall in the 2004 NBA draft. Going from 21.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game, to his career average in the pros of 2.7 points and 1 rebound a game. Bird, while at Indiana State, racked up TSN's Player of the Year, the Naismith Award, the Wooden Award, and with only 3 years of college play ended his career 5th in all time scoring. This doesn't even cover his pro career where he won the Rookie of the Year, the MVP 3 years in a row, and won 3 championships. You tell me, is Adam Morrison really the next Larry Bird or his he the next Luke Jackson?
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