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Notes about Kentucky in the NBA Draft

— It marked the fourth consecutive NBA draft that Kentucky was represented by multiple players in the first round of the draft. Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel mark the 107th and 108th Wildcats drafted in the history of the program.

— In just four years of the John Calipari era, Kentucky has had two No. 1 picks, 13 first-round picks and 17 total players selected in the NBA Draft.

— Following the 2013 NBA Draft, Kentucky has had 108 guys drafted 110 times (Johnny Cox ’58 and Roger Newman ’60 both drafted in junior eligible draft, but returned for senior year and were drafted again).

—  As of 2013, UK has had 33 players selected in the opening round (13 have come in the last four years) of the draft.

—  Following the 2013 draft, UK has had 17 players selected in the draft over the last four years.

— Following the 2013 draft, Kentucky has had seven players selected in the top 10, eight in the top 15 and 13 in the first round of the draft in the last four years.

—  With multiple picks in its fourth consecutive NBA draft, Kentucky joins Duke as the only other school to have two or more players selected in four consecutive drafts since 1992. Calipari is one of only two coaches to have four consecutive NBA drafts in which multiple players from his school were selected since 1992 joining Mike Krzyzewski from Duke.

— Coach John Calipari has had two or more players selected in six consecutive NBA drafts dating back to 2008 with Memphis. He has three players who have been taken No. 1 overall.

— Following the 2013 draft, Calipari has had seven players taken in the top 10 of the draft in the last four seasons and 13 taken in the first round of the draft.

— Since 2000 only 10 coaches have had multiple players taken in the NBA Draft in three or more drafts. Here’s a breakdown of coaches who have achieved the feat in three or more seasons since 2000. Calipari is the only coach to have multiple players selected in seven drafts.

o   Rick Barnes (2011, 2010 and 2006 with Texas)

o   Jim Calhoun (2009, 2006, 2004 and 2000 with Connecticut)

o   John Calipari (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 with Kentucky; 2009, 2008 and 2006 with Memphis)

o   Billy Donovan (2011, 2007 and 2000 with Florida)

o   Ben Howland (2011, 2009, 2008, 2006 with UCLA)

o   Tom Izzo (2006, 2001 and 2000 with Michigan State)

o   Mike Krzyzewski (2011, 2006, 2004, 2002 with Duke)

o   Mike Montgomery (2001 and 2002 with Stanford and 2008 with California)

o   Bill Self (2013, 2011, 2008, 2003 with Kansas, 2002 with Illinois)

o   Roy Williams (2010, 2009, 2007, 2005 with North Carolina)

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  1. Kokamo Joe

    Good for Calipari. Note that Caliipari has achieved his multiple drafts in the fewest number of years and more important than that his draftees have spent the shortest amount of time at UK. Simply put, the faster the kids leave the program the more often Calipari must reload, but the higher quality his recruits will be.

    IMO the number of draftees that Calipari has sent to the NBA in his short stint at UK had depended much more on his ability to attract top recruits than what he does with them after the get to Lexington. Yes, he does develop them. But with the cream of the cream he always has a lot to work with. Coaching is a key, but recruiting makes a winner.

    We must be cautious about expecting a banner every year since each group of super freshmen are different. We expect next year’s group to be great, but we must remember that pre season draft predictions had Noel projected as a number two and both Goodwin and Poytress in the top 9..with Harrow at 19. That goes to show only one thing….Expect a winner every year, but don’t expect any coach to ALWAYS cook up a winning brew every year even though the recipe calls for superior ingredients.

  2. King Ghidora

    IMO the reason he started attracting so much talent in the first place was his ability to make them into great players KJ. Once he got the ball rolling it has really picked up momentum. When I think about the momentum UK had before Cal came to town I get sick thinking about all those years that the team just wasn’t up to it’s normal dominance. But the cream rises to the top eventually and UK is back on top with a bullet right now.

  3. Karen Sprinkle

    I would dispute that Cal doesn’t “coach ‘em up.” As an example, as I recall, no one thought Eric Bledsoe would be a first round pick after just one year at Kentucky, much less a much coveted player just a few short years later. There are other examples, but that is the most obvious example of Cal developing players.

  4. Gene

    Surely there is an error in the tabulation above.
    No where do I see the name of that “great” coach who is employed by that little school to our west.
    His name escapes me but I keep thinking he goes by “Ricky” somethng or other.

  5. LindaS

    Gene, his name is little slick quick rick.

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