Moses Malone – Maryland
Malone was one of the first high school players to jump to professional basketball when he opted to not play at Maryland under legendary head coach Lefty Driesell. He chose to join the ABA’s Utah Stars instead. Moses went on to be named to 12 NBA All-Star games, win the 1983 NBA Finals (MVP), score 29,580 points, and be named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-time team. It is safe to say skipping a year or so at College Park was worth the risk.
In 1974, the Terrapins were establishing themselves as a national powerhouse and Moses would have been on an Elite Eight team playing along side Brad Davis and John Lucas competing for a national championship. Instead, Terp fans had to wait until 2003.