10@10: Younger brothers

16 Jun

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Former UCLA guard Sean Farnham tweeted this on Tuesday night:

It got me thinking…what younger brothers emerged as better players than their older brothers over the last 10 or so years. Here’s the 10 that came to mind.

1. JRUE & JUSTIN HOLIDAY

Justin was a good prospect, key on the word prospect. He was long, lanky and versatile. He was also known as Jrue’s brother by the time he was a senior in high school.

Jrue was a name everyone knew as a prep prospect. He was good at UCLA and getting better in the NBA.

Interestingly enough, Justin could be a second round pick next week in the NBA Draft.

2. NOAH & ISAIAH DAHLMAN

Isaiah was a top 150 recruit and had Tom Izzo chasing him around the recruiting trail as a prep. Isaiah never really found his role for the Spartans on the court.

Noah was an undersized power forward that didn’t have a lot of coaches chasing him around.

No big deal.

Noah went to Wofford and played in the NCAA tournament twice. Played.

3. RYAN & STEPHEN ROSSITER

What, you didn’t know the Siena star had an older brother? Yep. He played at Davison with Steph Curry.

Ryan will go down as one of the best players in Siena school history and was one of the best players in mid-major basketball this decade.

4. JON & JAKE DIEBLER

Jake was a three-year starter at Valpo and a low-risk player in the rotation.

His presence was the reason why Jon committed to the school. Then Jon looked like he was going to be much better than Valpo.

He was. Jon shined at Ohio State, was one of the best shooters in the country and his now trying to find a home in the NBA.

5. NICK & PAT CALATHES

Pat was a late-blossoming big forward that found his groove as a junior and senior at St. Joe’s.

Because of Pat’s growth both in game and in stature, recruiters jump in early on little brother Nick.

Nick was a McDonald’s All-American and left Florida early for a lucrative career in Greece.

6. JORDAN & JOE CRAWFORD

Joe was highly recruited, a McDonald’s All-American and went to Kentucky. He was a solid four-year player.

Jordan was moderately recruited. He wasn’t a McDonald’s All-American. He went to Indiana. Then he transferred to Xaxier. Then he blew up. Jordan is now in the NBA.

Oh, and Jordan dunked on LeBron. So there’s that.

7. THE BROTHERS ZELLER

Luke came first. Then Tyler. Now comes Cody wraps it all up.

Luke was a role player at Notre Dame. Tyler had a terrific season as a junior and returns to one of the best teams in the nation as one of the best big men in the nation. He’s long surpassed Luke in college.

Cody is next. He could be better than all three. His role at Indiana this winter should be big.

8. THE BROTHERS PLUMLEE

Miles came first. Then Mason. Now Marshall wraps it all up. For now, however, we can only compare Miles and Mason.

Mason is the more athletic of the bunch. He is also the one with the higher ceiling. Mason is a better rebounder and will have a bigger role this season.

Marshall may fall in the middle of both Miles and Mason.

9. AL-FAROUQ & ALADE AMINU

I was the only person outside of the Aminu family when Alade, the eldest of three basketball playing sons, signed his National Letter of Intent to Georgia Tech.

As I was leaving Stephenson High School, I peaked into gym to see then 13-year-old Al-Farouq shooting jumpers.

Stephenson head coach Kerry Sandifer leaned into me and whispered: “He’s going to be the best one.”

Yep.

Al-Farouq was one of the best players in Georgia terrific run of high school players. He parlayed a good freshman year at Wake Forest into being a lottery pick for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Alade was a solid role player at Georgia Tech and has made a career in the NBDL.

10. BLAKE & TAYLOR GRIFFIN

Everyone knew Blake was bound for Oklahoma to join his brother, Taylor. That wasn’t a big surprise.

And everyone knew Blake was better than Taylor in hoops. Clearly, the younger brother learned how to grind ti from big brother.

The winner of that kind of attitude was Oklahoma basketball.

Bonus 10@10 – Buster Bluth is the best Bluth brother.

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