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.