KU and the NBA Draft

By Rustin Dodd

Former Kansas standouts Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid have a chance to make NBA Draft history on Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York.

Just once has Kansas had two players go in the top 10 of the same draft — Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce in 1998 — while Wiggins could be the first KU player to go No. 1 overall since Danny Manning in 1988.

Before suffering a stress fracture in his right foot, Embiid was also poised to go in the top three. But his draft fate is now uncertain after undergoing surgery last week.

Here’s the list of Kansas’ all-time first-round selections:

2013, Ben McLemore, No. 7, Sacramento Kings

2012, Thomas Robinson, No. 5, Sacramento Kings

2011, Markieff Morris, No. 13, Phoenix Suns

2011, Marcus Morris, No. 14, Houston Rockets

2010, Cole Aldrich, No. 11, New Orleans Hornets

2010, Xavier Henry, No. 12, Memphis Grizzlies

2008, Brandon Rush, No. 13, Portland Trailblazers

2008, Darrell Arthur, No. 27, Portland Trailblazers

2007, Julian Wright, No. 13, New Orleans Hornets

2005, Wayne Simien, No. 29, Miami Heat

2003, Kirk Hinrich, No. 7, Chicago Bulls

2003, Nick Collison, No. 12, Seattle Supersonics

2002, Drew Gooden, No. 4, Memphis Grizzlies

1998, Raef LaFrentz, No. 3, Denver Nuggets

1998, Paul Pierce, No. 10, Boston Celtics

1997: Scot Pollard, No. 19, Detroit Pistons

1997: Jacque Vaughn, No. 27, Utah Jazz

1995, Greg Ostertag, No. 28, Utah Jazz

1993, Rex Walters, No. 16, New Jersey Nets

1991, Mark Randall, No. 26, Chicago Bulls

1988, Danny Manning, No. 1, Los Angeles Clippers

1981, Darnell Valentine, No. 16, Portland Trailblazers

1976, Norman Cook, No. 16, Boston Celtics

1972, Bud Stallworth, No. 7, Seattle Supersonics

1969, Jo Jo White, No. 9, Boston Celtics

1966, Walt Wesley, No. 6, Cincinnati Royals

1962, Wayne Hightower, No. 5, Philadelphia Warriors

Other Kansas NBA Draft facts

Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid will become the 10th and 11th players to be recruited to Kansas by Bill Self and drafted in the first round.

Kansas has never had two players drafted in the top five picks in the same year.

This will be the fifth straight year that Kansas has had a player taken in the first round, the longest such streak in school history.

After this year, KU will have had eight players drafted in the first round in the last five years — the same number as during Roy Williams’ entire tenure.

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