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After ’12 Draft, Kentucky will have most alums currently in NBA

Apr 20, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

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A national championship, a No. 1 recruiting class, six players headed to the NBA draft, and now this:

After Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, and Darius Miller are drafted into the NBA, as they are expected to, Kentucky will overtake Duke as the team with the most former players who are currently in the NBA.

As Rick Bozich of the Courier-Journal points out, Duke leads with 16, but will only be adding one player, Austin Rivers, to that number in the 2012 draft.

They could, on the other hand, lose an aging Elton Brand or Grant Hill to retirement.

Kentucky boosts its stock by adding six on the draft end, but could lose a few to retirement as well, with big men Jamaal Magliore and Nazr Muhammad reaching the ends of their careers.

By Bozich’s estimation, that would put Kentucky at 18, ahead of trailing schools that include Duke, UCLA, Texas, Kansas, and North Carolina.

Of course, there is a flood of Kentucky blue that has come into the NBA draft in the past few seasons, with the Wildcats under the direction of John Calipari.

Calipari’s first team at Kentucky produced five first-round picks, including John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Eric Bledsoe.

Rajon Rondo is perhaps the most productive Kentucky alum currently in the NBA, as he is averaging 12.1 points, 11.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game for the Boston Celtics.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. redbirdfan81 - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Aren’t alums actually GRADUATES! Not 19 year old drop outs? Just curious.

  2. kingghidora - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    We hear again from the Louisville fans. Can’t you guys get over it? You lost. You weren’t nearly as good as UK. And it isn’t as if UL is pure as the driven snow when it comes to players leaving early. Well there haven’t been that many lately but I can think of a few names. Of the whopping total of FOUR guys who were drafted out of UL since Pitino took over wasn’t Earl Clark an early entry to the NBA? BTW didn’t Pitino try to sign Marquis Teague, one of UK’s one and done’s? I suppose Pitino said no because Teague told him he would go pro early. Yeah right. We all believe that. No wait! We all think you’re jealous. Yeah that’s it.

  3. imforbigblue - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Yeah those damn 19 year millionaire drops there such losers huh….don’t be mad your team sucks so bad you don’t have any nba players

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