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June 25, 2008

NBA Draft: Which schools produce picks?

» BY THE NUMBERS: NBA Draft picks by school, 2000-2007

Only one conference has had each of its teams produce at least one NBA draft pick this decade – but it's probably not the one you are thinking of.

The football-crazed SEC holds that unique distinction, and it's not as if half the league is just reaching the minimum requirement. Ten of the 12 SEC schools have produced multiple picks since 2000.

Rivals.com looked at each draft this decade and where the prospects played in college. While we found that the NBA-caliber talent in the SEC is particularly widespread, we also found that it isn't particularly abundant.

The Big East has combined for 56 draft picks over the time span, the most of any of the "Big Six" conferences. The SEC has 38, which is fourth, behind the ACC (52) and Pac-10 (47) but ahead of the Big Ten (36) and the Big 12 (33). The Big East has a significant advantage in that it expanded to 16 teams three years ago. For the purpose of this exercise, a school's current conference affiliation is what matters.

The "Big Six" league with the highest average of picks per school is the Pac-10, with an average of 4.7 per its 10 schools.

Only 19 (40 percent) of those were first-round picks. The ACC has produced 30 first-round picks, which makes up 64 percent of its 52 picks, the highest percentage among the "Big Six." The Big 12 is second with 20 of its 33 (60 percent) being first-rounders.

Duke's 12 picks are the most of any school this decade. UCLA has 10 picks and will add at least two more Thursday night. UCLA sophomore Russell Westbrook and freshman Kevin Love almost assuredly will be taken among the top 20 picks. Junior Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is not considered a first-round pick but could go in the second.

Duke has one player eligible for the draft, DeMarcus Nelson, and he isn't expected to be drafted.

Connecticut has produced the most first-round picks – eight – of any school this decade. The Huskies tied a record with four first-rounders (Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams and Josh Boone) in the 2006 draft.

The non-"Big Six" school with the most draftees is Fresno State with five, which is more than 33 "Big Six" schools, including Kentucky (four), Indiana (four), Arkansas (two) and Louisville (two).

Ten "Big Six" schools haven't had a player drafted this decade: Baylor, Clemson, Kansas State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Washington State and West Virginia. That list promises to shrink soon. Kansas State's Michael Beasley, Rivals.com's 2007-08 national player of the year, is expected to go No. 1 or No. 2 during Thursday's draft. Beasley will be the first Wildcat drafted since Steve Henson in 1990. West Virginia's Joe Alexander is projected as a first-rounder as well. He would be the first Mountaineer drafted since Gordon Malone in 1997.

There have been nearly as many international players drafted (106) than the combined picks produced from the Big 12, Big Ten and the SEC (107).

BREAKDOWN OF NBA DRAFT PICKS SINCE 2000
ACC
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Duke127(Shelden Williams, 2006**)
North Carolina 97(Brandan Wright, 2007)
Georgia Tech 6 5(Thaddeus Young, 2007**)
Maryland6 2 (Chris Wilcox, 2002)
Boston College43(Sean Williams, 2007**)
Wake Forest42(Chris Paul, 2005)
Florida State41(Al Thornton, 2007)
Miami31(John Salmons, 2002)
N.C. State22(Cedric Simmons, 2006)
Virginia2 0(Cory Alexander, 1995)
Clemson00 (Sharone Wright, 1994)
Virginia Tech00 (Dell Curry, 1986)
TOTAL5230(Brandan Wright, 2007)
ATLANTIC 10
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Xavier31(David West, 2003)
St. Joseph's22(Jameer Nelson, 2004**)
Temple2 1(Mardy Collins, 2006)
Charlotte11(Rodney White, 2001)
George Washington10 None
La Salle10 None
Massachusetts10 None
St. Louis10 None
TOTAL125(Mardy Collins, 2006)
BIG EAST
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Connecticut118 ( Rudy Gay, 2006**)
Cincinnati73 (Jason Maxiell, 2005)
Syracuse63 (Carmelo Anthony, 2005**)
DePaul5 3 (Wilson Chandler, 2007)
Villanova3 3 (Randy Foye, 2006**)
Georgetown32 (Jeff Green, 2007)
Marquette31 (Dwyane Wade, 2003)
St. John's3 1 (Erick Barkley, 2000)
Providence30 (Austin Croshere, 1997)
Louisville22 (Francisco Garcia, 2005)
Notre Dame22 (Ryan Humphrey, 2002)
Seton Hall22 (Eddie Griffin, 2002)
Pittsburgh20 (Vonteego Cummings, 1999)
Rutgers11 (Quincy Douby, 2006)
South Florida1 0 None
West Virginia00 (Ron Williams, 1968)
Total5431(Wilson Chandler, 2007)
BIG SKY
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Eastern Washington11 (Rodney Stuckey, 2007)
BIG TEN
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Michigan State106 (Shannon Brown, 2006**)
Illinois7 4 (Deron Williams, 2006)
Ohio State63 (Greg Oden, 2007**)
Indiana42(Jared Jeffries, 2002)
Minnesota32(Kris Humphries, 2004)
Wisconsin22(Alando Tucker, 2007)
Michigan2 1 (Jamal Crawford, 2000)
Purdue20(Glenn Robinson, 1999)
Iowa10(Ricky Davis, 1998)
Northwestern 00None
Penn State 0 0None
Total3618(Greg Oden, 2007)
BIG 12
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Texas 94 (Kevin Durant, 2007)
Kansas65(Julian Wright, 2007)
Missouri 43 (Linas Kleiza, 2005)
Oklahoma State4 3 (Joey Graham, 2005)
Iowa State42(Jamaal Tinsley, 2001)
Texas A&M22 (Acie Law IV, 2007)
Colorado21(David Harrison, 2004)
Texas Tech10(Tony Battie, 1997)
Oklahoma10(Stacey King, 1989)
Baylor0 0(Brian Skinner, 1998)
Kansas State00(Mitch Richmond, 1988)
Nebraska0 0(Tyronn Lue, )
Total3320 (Kevin Durant, 2007)
BIG WEST
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Cal-St. Fullerton 10None
COLONIAL
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Hofstra10None
CONFERENCE USA
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Memphis 4 3(Rodney Carney, 2006**)
Rice11(Morris Almond, 2007)
SMU11 (Jeryl Sasser, 2001)
Houston1 0None
Marshall10None
HORIZON
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Detroit Mercy10None
METRO ATLANTIC
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Manhattan10None
Marist10None
Ohio10None
MID-AMERICAN
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Central Michigan11 (Chris Kaman, 2003)
MISSOURI VALLEY
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Bradley11 (Patrick O'Bryant, 2006)
Creighton10None
MOUNTAIN WEST
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
BYU 21(Rafael Araujo, 2004)
Colorado State1 1(Jason Smith, 2007)
New Mexico11 (Danny Granger, 2005)
San Diego State10None
UNLV11(Marcus Banks, 2003)
Utah 2 1(Andrew Bogut, 2005)
NORTHEAST
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Central Conn. State10None
OHIO VALLEY
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Austin Peay10None
Eastern Illinois10None
Morehead State10None
PAC-10
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Arizona103(Channing Frye, 2005)
UCLA103(Arron Afflalo, 2007)
Stanford64(Josh Childress, 2004)
Oregon54(Aaron Brooks, 2007)
USC 51(Nick Young, 2007)
Washington4 3 (Spencer Hawes, 2007)
Cal4 0(Ed Gray, 1997)
Arizona State31(Ike Diogu, 2005)
Oregon State00(Corey Benjamin, 1996)
Washington State0 0(Don Collins, 1980)
Total4719(Spencer Hawes, 2007)
SEC
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Florida9 5(Al Horford, 2007**)
LSU52(Tyrus Thomas, 2006)
Alabama4 1(Gerald Wallace, 2001)
Kentucky43(Rajon Rondo, 2006)
Auburn 31(Mamadou N'Diaye, 2000)
Vanderbilt 30(Will Perdue, 1988)
Mississippi State30(Erick Dampier, 1996)
Arkansas22(Ronnie Brewer, 2006)
Georgia 21(Jarvis Hayes, 2003)
Tennessee21(Marcus Haislip, 2002)
South Carolina1 1 (Renaldo Balkman, 2006)
Ole Miss10(Gerald Glass, 1990)
Total3816(Al Horford, 2007)
SOUTHERN
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Western Carolina11 (Kevin Martin, 2004)
SUN BELT
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Arkansas State10None
La.-Lafayette10None
La.-Monroe 10None
WEST COAST
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Gonzaga42(Adam Morrison, 2006)
Pepperdine11 (Brandon Armstrong, 2001)
WESTERN ATHLETIC
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Fresno State53(Melvin Ely, 2002)
Nevada3 1 (Kirk Snyder, 2004)
Louisiana Tech10None
Idaho10None
INDEPENDENTS
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
N.C. Central 10None
NAIA/DIVISION II
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
Walsh University 10None
North Dakota 10None
OTHER
SchoolPicksFirst-round picksMost recent first-round pick
International10643(Yi Jianlian, China, 2007**)
High School 3223None
JUCO52None
**—Highest of multiple first-round selections



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