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Jun 24, 2011 10:25 AM

Some Interesting UK-NBA Draft Facts

On Thursday, NBA teams selected four UK players in the 2011 edition of the league's draft.

Enes Kanter went to the Utah Jazz at number three. The Detroit Pistons took Brandon Knight with the No. 8 pick. Josh Harrellson went to New Orleans with the 45th pick. The Hornets traded the big man to the Nicks. DeAndre Liggins made it 4-for-4 when Orlando picked him in the 53rd spot.

That makes nine draft picks selected from Calipari's Cats in just two seasons. Coach Cal called it the "Kentucky Effect" in a Tweet.

So when was the last time Kentucky had multiple players selected in the first round in back-to-back years?

It was 1996 -1997. Antoine Walker was the sixth overall pick by Boston in '96. Tony Delk went to Charlotte at No. 16, and Walter McCarty was selected by New York with the 19th pick. The next year, Ron Mercer was the sixth pick overall, also going to Boston, and Cleveland took Derek Anderson with the 13th pick.

Josh Harrellson was inked into the Kentucky record books when New Orleans called his name. He was the 100th UK player taken in the NBA draft, which began in 1947.

Of the 101 Wildcats drafted, 27 were first rounders.

An NBA team has drafted at least one John Calipari coached player five of the last six years.


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