Predicting UConn’s NCAA Tournament Success With Andrew Bynum
Before he declared for the 2005 NBA Draft, it seemed like Andrew Bynum was going to go to the University of Connecticut to play basketball for the Huskies. In fact, Bynum declared to play for the Huskies. But ultimately, Bynum elected to be eligible for the NBA. At 18 years and 6 days, Bynum is the youngest player to ever play an NBA game.
The 2003-04 Huskies had just won the national championship, and Bynum was the top commit who was getting all of the attention. It made sense why Bynum liked UConn over other schools. After all, the Huskies had Emeka Okafor, Charlie Villanueva and Josh Boone in the frontcourt. It should be worth mentioning that Okafor was one of the best players in the nation that year. The current Phoenix Sun averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds per game. They also had Hilton Armstrong, who went on to be a first-round pick as well. Bynum would have been the next big thing at a university that thrived with their big men.
If Bynum came to UConn, he would have been the starting center next to Jeff Adrien in the frontcourt. Also, Bynum and Adrien would have been paired next to Rudy Gay to make an elite trio. It’s safe to say that this team could have very well won the national championship in 2006. Bynum was a beast in high school, and his top choice was the Huskies because they always produced the best big men.
If the New Jersey native went to Connecticut, the sky was the ceiling for this team. Jim Calhoun is just another reason why this team could have been so great. There was once a time Bynum had a lot of promise in the NBA. This was before he burned out with multiple teams. His recent problem was that he had a haircut at halftime of a Pacers game. With some coaching by Calhoun, Bynum would have likely been the top pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
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