Bayless was the best defensive Cyclone MBB player I've seen my lifetime IMO; yes, he was way underrated.
I will disagree with you, and counter your suggestion with Shawn Bankhead for one reason. Defense was pretty much an afterthought on Orr teams, so when someone could play good defense, they stood out. Defense was the name of the game for Floyd teams, so in order to stand out, you had to be great. And Bankhead was our go-to guy to shut down the best player on the other team, no matter how big or fast. To be that guy on that team is pretty special.
"It was like going on vacation to go play Iowa." - Coach Johnny Orr
Overrated: Lucca, Taggert, Ricky Morgan
Underrated: Tyray, Stevie Johnson, Nurse, Homan/ Vroman frontline, Klay Edwards, Jacy Holloway, Mike Taylor...
Tyrae is getting serious mileage on the underrated radar.
I must be a victim of non-factor-guilt-by-unfortunate-association when it comes to Pearson. I can't remember his abilities because it's overshadowed by post-LE revisionism: All I can think of is how the 01-02 season wasn't just an understandable step back, but a horrible thud.
Maybe we need a spin-off thread: Players whose talents were overshadowed by surrounding circumstance beyond their immediate control.
(I might start that thread, but with a much shorter name
Brackins never seemed to live up to the hype, so therefore I would say he was overrated.
Hope he tears it up in the NBA though.
Justus Thigpen was as talented as just about any Cyclones past and present, and his name doesn't come up too often so I'd say he is underrated.
I agree with you 100% on both of your points, especially about how underrated Justus was. He is one of my all-time favorites! The game-winners he had at Minnesota and at Colorado are some of my favorite memories of ISU basketball.
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