Dana O'Neil takes a look at college players from the past decade who have been pleasant surprises in the NBA. And the ones who have surprised in a bad way.
In the first part of a weeklong look at the last decade in college basketball, ESPN.com anoints its top 10 programs from the past 10 years.
The Florida men's basketball team received its national championship rings Saturday in front of about 90,000 screaming fans, including former players Mike Miller, David Lee and Dwayne Schintzius.
If Joakim Noah returns for his junior season, he'll come back as the preseason national player of the year. If he declares for the NBA draft, he will be a lottery pick.
Tennessee put an end to the surprising Gators' best start in school history with an 80-76 victory.
FLORIDA 84, FLORIDA AM 47
Taurean Green had 23 points and keyed a late second half run to lead Florida over No. 16 Syracuse 75-70 in the championship game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic on Friday night.
Billy Donovan is prepared to lose Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson to the NBA draft.
(4) FLORIDA 67, OHIO 62
(25) FLORIDA 70, (4) KENTUCKY 53
Florida will take another shot at an SEC tournament title.
Anthony Roberson scored 19 points and Florida hit a season-high 12 3-pointers to cruise to an 80-64 victory over Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday.
For Brandon Bass, just making it to college was quite an accomplishment.
FLORIDA 53, (3) KENTUCKY 52
Florida 69, Vanderbilt 61
Brandon Bass scored 27 points and was 10 of 13 from the foul line to lead LSU to a 77-73 victory over Florida (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, Unranked AP) Saturday afternoon.