Wednesday, May 24, 2006

How Quickly it Can Change

It's funny to laugh about Marcus Vick ... but he's with the Dolphins right now, so I guess his legal situations haven't totally ruined his life yet. For others, it doesn't always work out so well.

Keith Brumbaugh was a stud wing forward from Deland, FL who was ranked #11 in the '05 class (RSCI). He declared for the NBA draft, but ended up withdrawing and signing a scholarship with Oklahoma State. After an injury, elgibility questions and a shoplifting incident he left Oklahoma State in December of last year after never playing a minute for OSU.

It's just gone downhill from there, ending yesterday with an arrest for "fleeing and eluding an officer, which is a felony, and resisting arrest without violence, a misdemeanor" (LINK). In the car Brumbaugh had been driving it became more interesting:
In their abandoned car was a Bushmaster brand automatic rifle with about 56 rounds in the magazine, according to the sheriff's report. Volusia County deputies said they also found an electric weapon, a knife and several hundred rounds of ammunition.
Also in the car was a black shirt with the word "Police" on it, as well as a silver badge sporting the words: "Private Investigator."
Now, most people don't drive around with this in their backseat loaded with 50+ live rounds and clothing to impersonate police officers with ... but I guess it could be one heck of a costume party he was headed to.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal has this timeline of Brumbaugh's descent from his senior season of high school, and it isn't pretty.

Keith Brumbaugh Timeline:
  • FEB. 18, 2005: Plays in his final high school game for DeLand.
  • APRIL 8, 2005: Receives the Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball award.
  • APRIL 16, 2005: Plays in the Michael Jordan Classic in Madison Square Garden, New York.
  • MAY 12, 2005: Announces he'll enter NBA Draft.
  • June 20, 2005: Withdraws name from consideration for NBA Draft.
  • JULY 20, 2005: Announces he will play at Oklahoma State.
  • Aug. 20, 2005: Charged with shoplifting at a Stillwater, Okla., Wal-Mart.
  • NOVEMBER 2005: NCAA requires Brumbaugh to retake the ACT; he does not get a high enough score to be eligible.
  • DECEMBER 2005: Withdraws from Oklahoma State without ever stepping on the court.
  • MAY 20, 2006: Is charged by Volusia County Sheriffs Office with fleeing and eluding officers and resisting arrest without violence.
It's amazing how poor judgement at such a young age can ruin a promising future, and lets hope that Brumbaugh puts his life back together and earns a second chance to utilize his talent - but right now he's managed to put himself as far behind as he possibly could.


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