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Kentucky NBA Draft notes

  • Kentucky has had 126 guys drafted 128 times (Johnny Cox ’58 and Roger Newman ’60 both drafted in Jr. eligible draft, but returned for senior year and were drafted again)
  • UK has had 49 players selected in the opening round (26 have come in the last nine years) of the draft
  • Kentucky has had 35 players selected in the draft over the last nine years, 14 more than the next closest school (Duke)
  • UK has had 13 players selected in the top 10, 19 in the top 15 and 26 in the first round of the draft in the last nine years
  • The Wildcats have had at least one player taken in the top nine of the draft in nine consecutive seasons. Since the lottery began in 1985, only two teams have had more than one player taken in at least four consecutive drafts (Kentucky, 2010-18 and Kansas, 2012-15)
  • Calipari has had two or more players selected in 11 consecutive NBA drafts dating back to 2008 with Memphis
  • UK has had multiple first-round picks in every year of the Coach Cal era (since 2010)
  • In 26 seasons as a head coach, Calipari has coached 46 NBA Draft picks, including 32 first-round selections with 17 of those going in the top 10. He has had 35 selected in the last nine years as UK’s head coach, including 26 coming in the opening round
  • Since the draft moved to two rounds in 1989, the Wildcats lead all schools with 37 first-round picks. Twenty-six of those selections have come in the last nine years under Calipari

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  1. That’s just great, but UK don’t lead the nation in National Championships won do they. Until they do they are playing second fiddle. Calipari’s main goal is to send the biggest number of college players to the NBA. He wants that to be his legacy IMO. That is not what the University of Kentucky is paying him millions to do either, or it shouldn’t be.

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