College basketball teams with the most NBA 1st-round draft picks

College basketball teams with the most NBA 1st-round draft picks


Since the NBA draft began in 1947, nearly 1,500 players have been drafted in the first round. About 90 percent of these players come from Division I schools. If you randomly picked one, they would be wearing college blue.

The 2022 NBA Draft was Thursday, June 23. The Orlando Magic began the draft selecting Duke star Paolo Banchero with the first overall pick. Banchero is the fifth No. 1 in Duke basketball history.

Last year, the Detroit Pistons led the night by drafting Oklahoma State sensation Cade Cunningham as the first overall pick. He is the highest pick in Cowboys basketball history and the first Oklahoma State athlete to go No. 1 in a professional draft since Bob Fenimore in 1947.

In the year In 2020, Georgia star Anthony Edwards went 1st overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Edwards is the first player to come out of UGA with the No. 1 overall pick and the Bulldogs’ ninth first-round pick.

Here’s how the top 20 schools are ranked:

College basketball teams with the most NBA first round draft picks

Ranking College Conference First Round 1 Kentucky Sec 57 2 North Carolina ACC 53 2 Duke ACC 53 4 UCLA Pac-12 40 5 Kansas Big 12 35 6 Michigan Big Ten 28 7 Indiana Big Ten 26 7 Arizona Pac-12 26 9 Louis Atlantic Beach 24 9 Syracuse Atlantic Coast 24 9 Ohio State Big Ten 24 12 Michigan State Big Ten 21 12 Connecticut Big East 21 12 Notre Dame ACC 21 15 Maryland Big Ten 20 16 Georgia Tech ACC 19 16 Texas Big 12 19 18 Alabama SEC 17 1 18 LSU SEC 17 20 North Carolina State ACC 16 20 Minnesota Big Ten 16 20 St. John’s (NY) Big East 16

No big surprise there. The top 10 schools account for just over half of the NCAA championships.

Since 1947, 70 top picks have come from NCAA Division I schools. Two came from overseas, and three from high school.

No school has seen more No. 1 picks than Duke, which has seen five.

The Duke five are Art Hyman (1963, New York Knicks), Elton Brand (1999, Chicago Bulls), Kyrie Irving (2011, Cleveland Cavaliers), Zion Williamson (2019, New Orleans Pelicans) and Paolo Banchero (2022, Orlando Magic)

A total of 46 schools had at least one No. 1 pick.

Here’s how the top schools rank:

Ranked College Conference No. 1 Overall 1 Duke ACC 5 2 Kentucky SEC 3 3 North Carolina ACC 2 3 UCLA Pac-12 2 3 UCLA Pac-12 2 3 Kansas Big 12 2 3 Indiana Big Ten 2 3 Michigan Big Ten 2 3 Maryland Big Ten 2 3 UNLV Mountain West 2 3 LSU SEC 2 3 Georgetown Big East 2 3 Utah Pac-12 2 3 Houston AAC 2 3 Cincinnati AAC 2 3 Purdue Big Ten 2 3 Kansas State Big 12 2 3 West Virginia Big 12 2 3 UTEP Conference USA 2 3 Duquesne Atlantic 10 2

The fact that North Carolina has the second overall pick and Duke has the most No. 1 picks gives you a clue as to which conference dominates in the NBA draft.

In the year Through 2022, the Atlantic Coast Conference had 285 players drafted in the first round, roughly 20 percent of all Division I players drafted. The Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC are behind the ACC.



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