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Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:41 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 11:21 am
 
By Gary Parrish

We've received a lot of feedback about the 2012 mock draft we did earlier this week.

Some have questioned our top five.

Some have questioned our bottom five.

Some have wondered how we could do 30 picks without selecting an international player considering how many international players have gone in the first round of recent drafts. But if you're going to use recent drafts as a predictor for next year's draft, then you probably ought to also criticize us for not having any USC Trojans.

Yes, USC Trojans.

Philadelphia taking Nikola Vucevic 16th in last week's draft means the Trojans have had a player selected in the top 16 of four of the past five drafts. Care to guess how many schools have also done that? Answer: Only Kansas. Meantime, USC is tied for the fifth-most first-round selections over the past five seasons -- trailing only Kansas, Texas, Ohio State and Kentucky. That means USC has had more first-round picks the past five seasons than every other Pac-10 school, every Big East school and Duke, and the same amount of first-round picks as North Carolina.

In other words, USC has been a major factor in recent drafts.

I don't know what that means going forward.

But it's an interesting fact from the past that most probably didn't realize.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:03 am
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

I knew you and real Kentucky fans would see it that way.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

Haha just a little jab. But I don't think any true UK fan thought that was the best night. They have at least 7 more nights that were better, though only 2 since the 80's Tongue out


Kinda figured it was lol. But you're 100% correct in that I don't think many true Kentucky fans thought that was the greatest night in UK history. Most that I know anyway where actually kind of offended by that comment.

Even though he backed up and said that he meant in terms of recruiting for the future and for the overall outlook of the program in general I still don't think that's true. Unless he goes on some sort of a tear and starts winning titles and then I might agree with him lol. But at this point I'd still have to say he was wrong on that one.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

JHwaker,


It is important, but it is not the most important. I'll take UNC's 5 lottery picks and the team we have next year rather than the 7 we could have with Barnes and Henson and a weaker team. College basketball to me is about how good my team is, not how well they get drafted. I don't think Roy Williams is suffering on the recruiting trail because players love UNC so much they come back. 



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:03 am
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

How your alumni get drafted is an integral part of recruiting...John Calapari is a great example...kids don't go play basketball for him to win National Championships, they go play for him to get drafted in the lottery...if they happen to win the National Championship (Which none of them have) then great but its more about than 1 year of NCAA ball turning them into Calapari's next 1st round pick.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:02 am
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

Haha just a little jab. But I don't think any true UK fan thought that was the best night. They have at least 7 more nights that were better, though only 2 since the 80's Tongue out



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:46 pm
 

The results differ a bit from the commentary

Actually here are the actual results for the past five years:

Kansas: 11 picks total, 7 1st round picks, 6 lottery picks

Kentucky: 10 picks total, 6 1st round picks, 4 lottery picks

Texas: 8 picks total, 7 1st round picks, 3 lottery picks
Florida: 8 picks total, 4 1st round picks, 3 lottery picks
UCLA: 8 picks total, 5 1st round picks, 3 lottery picks
Ohio State: 6 picks total, 5 1st round picks, 3 lottery picks
North Carolina: 6 picks total, 5 1st round picks, 2 lottery picks

USC: 5 picks total, 4 1st round picks, 2 lottery picks
Arizona: 5 picks total, 3 1st round picks, 3 lottery picks
Duke: 5 picks total, 3 1st round picks, 2 lottery picks

So the discussion should include Florida, UCLA and North Carolina before USC. Each of these schools does a good job recruiting and preparing players for the draft. Any of them will provide a quality education if the player wants to apply himself. Kansas also leads the nation during this period with the NCAA's assessment for academic progress towards graduation.





Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT...

I didn't see any UT players in your draft, Gary.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

I am sure ukfan68 and others agree, well at least ukfan would have before Cal got there :)

Me-thinks that was a shot across the bow spetrizzi....lol. But no I'm not in that camp that measures my schools success by how many draft picks they have.

As much as I like Calipari and what he's done since he's been at Kentucky I have to disagree with him on that "greatest night in UK history" quote after last seasons draft. But that's just me.



Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Kings of Draft: UK, KU, UT, OSU and ... USC?

THE ONE AND DONE IS A TERRIBLE RULE. EITHER LET THE SENIORS IN HIGH SCHOOL GO TO THE NBA OR MAKE THEM GO TO COLLEGE FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS. IF THESE KIDS ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO GO TO THE NBA FROM HIGH SCHOOL THEN SO BE IT BUT I WOULD REALLY LIKE FOR THEM TO GO TO COLLEGE AND ABSORB SOME KNOWLEDGE NOT ONLY FROM THE CLASSROOM BUT THE SOCIAL PART OF COLLEGE LIFE.


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