Accolades: First-team All-ACC (1975)
Skip Wise was a high school phenom in Baltimore back in the '70s. He led his Dunbar squad to a huge victory over powerhouse DeMatha and its star, Adrian Dantley, who became a Basketball Hall of Famer. The 6'2" Wise, a strong guard, went on to shine at Clemson, where he became the first freshman ever to make first-team All-ACC, amassing an average of 18 PPG. Wise was good enough to bolt from college after just one year, signing with the American Basketball Association—but like many on this list, drugs thwarted his career. When he got a shot with the Warriors, he reportedly got caught using heroin and was immediately cut. Wise later signed with the Spurs but only stuck around for two games before he was again let go. He went on to do time for selling drugs. With his career wrapped, Wise returned to Baltimore to work in a community center.