To the casual basketball observer, college basketball players careers may seem to end if they fail to make the cut in the NBA.
The University of Missouri basketball program has produced a handfull of NBA caliber players. Demarre Carroll, Keyon Dooling, and Kareem Rush all made the jump straight into America’s top professional tier.
Those players who never quite made it over the hump–forward Leo Lyons, for example, who played in the NBA’s Summer League two years in a row but never made a starting day roster–often pack up their whole lives and leave the country for the professional leagues all over the world.
On assignment for the Columbia Missourian, I tracked all the former Tigers donning uniforms in leagues in Holland, Greece, Germany, and even Lebanon.
The story will run closer to the beginning of the season. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of the graphics I made to accompany the story. It’s not as large as it will be in the Missourian.
I will put up the Flash graphic as soon as I figure out how to embed flash in WordPress.