Picked 1st overall in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.
If you're from Indiana it's probably safe to say that you, just like the Bucks' fans had high hopes for Kent "Benny" Benson. After receiving the Indiana Mr. Basketball award in 1973, Benson followed up by helping Indiana University Hoosiers to a CCAT Championship with a 23-5 record and a Big Ten title as a freshman.
His sophomore season was even better as he averaged 15 points and 8.9 rebounds a game and helped IU to a undefeated 18 - 0 record before going down against Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
During Benson's junior season he lead his team to an accomplishment never repeated Division I college basketball since. The Hoosiers managed to win the NCAA championship without losing a single game during the whole season. That year Benson was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, a Consensus first-team All-American and the Helms Foundation Player of the Year.
As Benny lost teammates Scott May and Quinn Bucker to the NBA in before his senior season, he was now the lone star of the Hoosiers and saw his numbers improve to 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
At the end of the season he was was named the Big Ten's player of the year and once again a Consensus first-team All-American. Good enough to get selected with the first overall pick in 1997, with quite high expectations I might add. Last time a receiver of the Indiana Mr. Basketball award was picked first overall he became the NBA Rookie of the Year, a 12-time All-Star, 6-time NBA assist leader, an NBA champion and the Most Valuable Player. You know who it is? You can figure it out!
The start of Benson's NBA career was rougher. In his very first NBA game Benson was put up against reigning MVP Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who after two minutes decided that Benson was playing too rough, answering by sucker punching him in the face
which in turn broke both Benson's jaw and Kareem's hand...
Benson never lived up to his potential and was traded to the Pistons during his third season with the Bucks. Some people still holds Kareem and his KO-punch partly responsible for Benson's failure, but I don't know about that. He still played a respectful 680 games during 10 seasons in the NBA. During those games he averaged 9.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks in 23.1 minuter per game.
Never mind that 8 player who were selected behind him in the draft became NBA All-Stars...