Wildcats ready to break Kentucky's own NBA Draft records
06/24/2015 03:57 PM
BROOKLYN, NY — It was five years ago today when five Kentucky Wildcats were selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, including John Wall as the No. 1 overall pick.
The total set a new NBA record for a single school in the first round of one draft, and UK head coach John Calipari called the feat “the biggest day in the history of Kentucky’s program … the biggest day for the University of Kentucky.”
But as big as that day was, this year’s crop of Wildcats have a chance to either tie or break that record tomorrow night in the Big Apple.
According to DraftExpress.com, six Wildcats are currently projected to be selected in Thursday’s draft.
Four are slated to go in the lottery alone, including the top overall pick:
- No. 01 — Karl Anthony-Towns — Minnesota Timberwolves
- No. 09 — Devin Booker — Charlotte Hornets
- No. 11 — Willie Cauley-Stein — Indiana Pacers
- No. 13 — Trey Lyles — Phoenix Suns
Dakari Johnson and Andrew Harrison are both listed as second round picks, and the seventh Wildcat, Aaron Harrison, currently is not projected to be drafted.
Along with resetting the mark for most players from one school taken in the first round, the seven Wildcats could also tie or break two other draft day records:
- Most players from one team in one draft – 6 (UNLV, 1977, in eight rounds)
- Most lottery picks from one team in one draft – 4 (North Carolina, 2005)
The KSTV crew discussed the historical importance of Thursday’s draft for the University of Kentucky and how it could become the new “biggest day” in the history of the program.
Plus, we also talked on the phone with Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal — who is already in Brooklyn awaiting the draft — to breakdown the latest prospects for the UK players.