The one-and-dones who became stars

June, 26, 2012
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We often hear about the one-and-dones who don't work out, but here are 10 players who are flourishing in the NBA after spending just one season in college.

(Editor's Note: For Part 1 of Myron Medcalf's in-depth look at the NBA's minimum age requirement, click here.)

Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse: The forward who led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title has become a five-time All-Star with the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. Anthony was the No. 3 pick in 2003.

Chris Bosh, Georgia Tech: Drafted one spot behind Anthony in 2003, Bosh has made seven straight NBA All-Star teams. Earlier this month he helped the Miami Heat win the NBA championship.

DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky: The enigmatic post player averaged 18.1 points and 11 rebounds in his second season with the Sacramento Kings in 2011-12. Cousins teamed with John Wall to lead Kentucky to the Elite Eight in 2010.

Kevin Durant, Texas: Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder reached the NBA Finals this season, then lost to the Miami Heat. Still, Durant is regarded as one of the top two or three players in the NBA. He’s won three straight scoring titles.

Tyreke Evans, Memphis: The former standout under John Calipari was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2010. His production has tapered off slightly the past two seasons, but Evans averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 assists for the Sacramento Kings in 2011-12.

Eric Gordon, Indiana: A knee injury limited Gordon to just nine games last season with the New Orleans Hornets, but a year earlier he averaged 22.3 points and 4.4 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers. Gordon scored 20.9 points per game during his one season at Indiana in 2007-08.

Kyrie Irving, Duke: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft couldn’t have had a better rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving, who had played in just 11 games for Duke, won NBA Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 assists.

Kevin Love, UCLA: Love finished sixth in the MVP voting last season after averaging 26 points and 13.3 rebounds. He set a franchise record for most games with more than 30 points in a season. He is one of the top rebounders in the NBA and is known for his outlet passing. Love was the No. 5 overall pick in 2008.

Derrick Rose, Memphis: Rose, who led Memphis to the 2008 NCAA title game, is regarded as one of the top point guards in the NBA. In 2011 he became the youngest player in history to win the league’s MVP award. He was named rookie of the year in 2009.

John Wall, Kentucky: The No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft has averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 assists in his first two professional seasons. Wall is one of the fastest players in the league with the ball in his hands, although he needs to improve his accuracy (41.6 percent) from the field.

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