NBA Draft Picks by School

When it comes to producing NBA Draft picks, a few schools may come to mind as the most efficient (Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas), but who really are the best NBA-talent producing schools? Using only the 2-round era of the NBA Draft (1989-2016), I am summarizing draft picks by school, round, and year selected. The usual suspects are at the top, but the next tier aren’t necessarily as easy to identify. Let’s look at the entire 2-round era, as well as the most recent 4 years.

Since 1989, schools with 10 or more drafted players:

School Round 1 Round 2 Total
University of Kentucky 31 12 43
Duke University 30 12 42
University of Arizona 19 18 37
University of North Carolina 28 8 36
University of California, Los Angeles 18 18 36
University of Kansas 23 12 35
University of Connecticut 19 11 30
Syracuse University 17 11 28
Georgia Institute of Technology 16 7 23
University of Michigan 15 8 23
University of Texas at Austin 14 9 23
Michigan State University 11 12 23
University of Maryland 9 12 21
University of Louisville 13 6 19
University of Florida 10 9 19
Louisiana State University 9 10 19
Indiana University 11 5 16
Stanford University 11 5 16
University of Memphis 9 7 16
Florida State University 9 7 16
Georgetown University 9 6 15
Ohio State University 9 6 15
University of Washington 9 6 15
Providence College 6 9 15
University of Oklahoma 4 11 15
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 8 6 14
University of Missouri 7 7 14
University of California 6 8 14
University of Cincinnati 5 9 14
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 10 3 13
Iowa State University 7 6 13
University of Alabama 7 6 13
Oklahoma State University 8 4 12
University of Southern California 7 5 12
Marquette University 4 8 12
University of Georgia 4 8 12
University of Iowa 4 8 12
University of Arkansas 7 4 11
St. John’s University 6 5 11
North Carolina State University 6 5 11
Villanova University 5 6 11
Xavier University 5 6 11
Wake Forest University 8 2 10
University of Minnesota 7 3 10
University of Notre Dame 6 4 10
University of Oregon 5 5 10
Vanderbilt University 4 6 10
California State University, Fresno 4 6 10
University of Pittsburgh 3 7 10
University of Tennessee 3 7 10
Purdue University 2 8 10

Arizona finds itself amongst college basketball royalty, but the real surprises have to be Georgia Tech and Texas, the only two schools in the top 15 without a national title in the 2 round era (Michigan barely avoids this caveat with their title in 1989).

Over the last 4 years, the results get a little more interesting. The following list shows all schools who had multiple draft picks in the last 4 years:

School Round 1 Round 2 Total
University of Kentucky 10 3 13
Duke University 7 1 8
Syracuse University 4 3 7
University of Michigan 5 1 6
University of California, Los Angeles 5 1 6
University of Kansas 4 2 6
University of Arizona 4 2 6
University of Louisville 2 4 6
University of North Carolina 3 2 5
Michigan State University 3 2 5
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2 2 4
Louisiana State University 2 2 4
University of Washington 3 3
Indiana University 3 3
University of Maryland 1 2 3
Baylor University 1 2 3
University of Notre Dame 1 2 3
University of Oklahoma 1 2 3
Providence College 1 2 3
University of Virginia 1 2 3
Stanford University 1 2 3
University of California 1 2 3
University of Connecticut 1 2 3
University of Tennessee 3 3
University of Utah 2 2
Vanderbilt University 2 2
University of Wisconsin 2 2
Gonzaga University 2 2
University of Pittsburgh 1 1 2
North Carolina State University 1 1 2
Ohio State University 1 1 2
University of New Mexico 1 1 2
Murray State University 1 1 2
Oklahoma State University 1 1 2
University of Colorado 1 1 2
University of Iowa 2 2
University of Missouri 2 2
University of Oregon 2 2
Iowa State University 2 2
San Diego State University 2 2

Once again, Kentucky and Duke lead the way. However the next 3 may be a bit surprising. Syracuse, Michigan, and UCLA (the latter two with 5 first rounders each) round out the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately top 5. Recruits looking at schools that put their players in the league should take notice of what’s going on in Syracuse, Ann Arbor, and Los Angeles (if there’s no room for them in Lexington or Durham, that is).

Finally, the models of consistency. Schools that have sent a player to the draft at least half of the years of the 2-round era (past 28 years):

School Years with a player drafted
Duke University 23
University of Arizona 22
University of California, Los Angeles 22
University of Kansas 21
University of North Carolina 20
Syracuse University 20
University of Kentucky 19
University of Connecticut 19
Georgia Institute of Technology 18
Louisiana State University 16
Michigan State University 15
University of Texas at Austin 15
University of Maryland 15
University of Michigan 14
Florida State University 14

Of these schools, only Georgia Tech, LSU, Texas, and Florida State have not won a national championship.

Complete data for this analysis can be found here.

 

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