Apr 24, 2013, 11:45 AM EST
Lenny Cooke was supposed to be LeBron James before LeBron came along.
A can’t-miss streetball legend, Cooke had all the talent in the world, but for a number of different reasons, he never lived up to the talent. Cooke entered the 2002 NBA Draft, but he wasn’t picked. The money that he took while in high school — a number he said was $350,000 — made him ineligible for the collegiate ranks. So he toiled around basketball’s lower levels for a few years, before eventually settling in a small town in Virginia.
Cooke is the posterchild for why buying into your hype at a young age is so dangerous. He’s a warning, in the flesh, for every elite recruit. And now there is a documentary, being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicling his downfall.
You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.
- Jerian Grant, No. 8 Notre Dame erase another double-digit deficit as they beat No. 4 Duke 3
- Late Night Snacks: No. 8 Notre Dame outlasts No. 4 Duke in a thriller 1
- 2015 McDonald’s All-American rosters announced 0
- Player of the Year Power Rankings: It’s essentially a two-man race at this point 2
- Heartbreak fuels Renardo Sidney’s new sense of purpose 1
- No. 15 Iowa State holds on to beat No. 19 Texas 0
- Washington kicks talented shot blocking big man off the team 1
- The Top Ten Players that Coach K has had at Duke (13)
- You think college basketball is unwatchable this year? Turn on an Indiana game (7)
- Iowa’s Fran McCaffery on Dan Dakich’s criticism of a player: ‘He’s a TV guy. If he was a coach, he’d be coaching’ (5)
- Two former North Carolina athletes sue school, NCAA over academic scandal (4)
- Coach K earns career win No. 1,000 in No. 5 Duke’s win over St. John’s (4)