THEN: Attracted LeBron-like hype as a senior at King High. "Could be Chicago's best ever," SI wrote.
SINCE THEN: Played two seasons for Illinois before entering the 1990 NBA draft, in which he was a second-round pick of the Denver Nuggets. Never averaged more than 9.3 points in four seasons with the Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons. Now an instructor at the Bulls-Sox Academy in Chicago, a basketball and baseball academy owned by Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.
THEN: "Best big man since Kareem," Five Star co-director Howard Garfinkel said of the 6'10" junior from Chesapeake, Va.
SINCE THEN: Two-time All-America averaged 16.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in four seasons at Georgetown. Taken second overall in the 1992 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. Seven-time All-Star and two-time defensive player of the year ended his latest comeback in November due to complications from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a kidney disease.
THEN: "Compares favorably with Nate Archibald and Pearl Washington," SI wrote of the 10th-grader from Archbishop Milloy High in Queens.
SINCE THEN: Two-time all-ACC selection at Georgia Tech was second overall pick in the 1991 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Has averaged 13.0 points and 6.2 assists over 13 seasons with seven pro teams. Subject of an upcoming documentary, Disciple of the Rock, depicting Anderson's life growing up in a single-parent home in Queens.