Pervis Ellison, Louisville (1986)
Draft Selection: 1st Overall, 1989
Length Of NBA Tenure: 1989-2001
Accolades: 1992 NBA Most Improved Player
"Never Nervous" Pervis Ellison went on to the NBA as the No. 1 pick in the 1989 NBA Draft after a sterling career at Louisville. In his third pro season, Ellison won the 1992 Most Improved Player award, but after that year Ellison's amount of success declined, due to multiple injuries. Boston Celtics fans couldn't have been happy with Ellison's lackluster and uninspiring play over a six-year contract. In his six seasons in Boston, he missed 267 games. After retiring in 2001, Ellison has become an AAU coach while living in New Jersey. Now that's inspiring.