Benjamin Wilson was a kid out of Chicago that was on his way to superstardom until a senseless act of violence ended his life. Untimely deaths have caused a few hoop dreams to turn into nightmares over the years. Len Bias and Hank Gathers were poised to become the NBA's next stars when they suddenly passed. Other ballers like "Hook" Mitchell and Pee Wee Kirkland missed making the league because they had a desire to become hustlers rather than full-time ballers . However, for all the negative reasons there are a few stories about players like Brazilian legend Oscar Schmidt who chose not to venture off to the States for fame and fortune; instead choosing to live like a god while balling out in his home country. Check out The 20 Greatest Basketball Players to Never Play in the NBA .
At every level, Charlie Blackmon has hit. He batted .396 in 2008 with Georgia Tech before being drafted by the Rockies in the second round. He hit .301 in seven seasons in the minors, and he has continued the high average in the majors. But what has really allowed Blackmon to take the next step is the increase in his power. His slugging percentage has increased in each of the past four seasons. He's slugging over .600 this year and is on pace to shatter his career-best .552 of last season. This season, he already has 10 triples, reaching that mark at the earliest point in the season in Rockies history. -- Michael Bonzagni, ESPN Stats & Information
Considered by many as football’s greatest ever man marker, Gentile’s finest hour came on 11 July 1982 when he produced an immaculate defensive display alongside fellow defender Gaetano Scirea, as Italy defeated West Germany 3-1 to lift the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. Gentile came to international acclaim in the 2nd phase match against the title-holders Argentina, when he man-marked Diego Maradona out of the game by kicking and flooring him constantly throughout the game. In Italy’s next match against the favorites, Brazil, he first performed a violent tackle from behind on Zico and later ripped the Brazilian’s shirt in half during a tussle