Since the start of the NBA draft in 1947, about 1,500 players have been drafted into the first round. About 90 percent of these players came from a Division I school. Chances are, if you picked one at random, they wore blue in college.
The 2022 NBA draft is set for Thursday, June 23. Last year, the Detroit Pistons led last night drafting Oklahoma state sensation Kid Cunningham as the first overall pick. It is the highest pick in Cowboy basketball history and The first time since Bob Fenimore in 1947 that an Oklahoma State athlete scored first overall in a professional draft.
In 2020, Georgia star Anthony Edwards finished first in the Minnesota Timberwolves. Edwards was the first UGA player to go to first overall and pick the Bulldogs in the first round.
Here’s how the top 20 schools stack up in the 2022 Draft:
College basketball teams with the most NBA first-round draft picks
|Rank||College||conspiracy||First round picks|
|4||University of California||Buck 12||39|
|11||Ohio State||big ten||23|
|12||Michigan State||big ten||21|
|20||St. John’s (New York)||Great East||16|
No big surprises there. The top 10 schools account for more than half of the NCAA tournaments alone.
Since 1947, 70 of the top overall selections have come from NCAA Division I schools. Two have come from outside, and three from high school.
No school saw more #1 picks than Duke, who saw four.
Duke’s four are Art Heyman (1963, New York Knicks), Elton Brand (1999, Chicago Bulls), Kyrie Irving (2011, Cleveland Cavaliers) and Zion Williamson (2019, New Orleans Pelicans).
In all, at least one 46 schools were selected as the top ones.
Here are the top school rankings:
|Rank||College||conspiracy||#1 overall shots|
|3||University of California||Buck 12||2|
|3||George Town||Great East||2|
|3||Kansas State||big 12||2|
|3||West Virginia||big 12||2|
Your second-place finish in North Carolina in overall picks, and a Duke with the most picks, should guide you through which conference reigns supreme in the NBA draft.
During 2020, the Atlantic Coast Conference had an impressive 275 drafted players in the first round, nearly 20 percent of all Division I drafted players. The Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC are just behind the ACC.