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Pac-12 sets league record with 14 selected in 2017 NBA Draft

Jun 22, 2017
Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

SAN FRANCISCO – It was a historic night for Pac-12 men’s basketball at the 2017 NBA Draft as a league-record and national-best 14 former standouts were selected, including six in the first round highlighted by the No. 1 overall selection and three lottery picks.

Over the last five NBA Drafts (2013-17), the Pac-12 has produced 42 picks overall and 23 first-round selections, totals that are second only to the ACC (52, 30).

WASHINGTON's Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ers, joining UCLA’s Bill Walton in 1974 and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in 1969 as top picks from Conference members. Fultz is the first Husky to be taken first overall in the NBA Draft.

WASHINGTON became the first school and the Pac-12 became the first conference to have both No. 1 NBA and WNBA Draft picks as UW’s Kelsey Plum was the first choice of the San Antonio Stars in April’s WNBA Draft. UCLA’s Abu Danladi was also the No. 1 selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, making the Pac-12 the first league to have the top picks in those three drafts.

UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, the 2017 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, was chosen No. 2 by his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, marking the first time in league history and just the fourth time in the NBA Draft’s 71-year history that the top two picks came from the same conference.

ARIZONA’s Lauri Markkanen went No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls via a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. His selection marked the second straight season and the fourth time in the last 10 years that the Pac-12 had three players selected in the top 10.

The Indiana Pacers took UCLA’s TJ Leaf at No. 18, UTAH’s Kyle Kuzma went No. 27 to the Lakers via a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, and COLORADO’s Derrick White was taken by the San Antonio Spurs at No. 29 to round out the league’s six first rounders.

The Pac-12’s six first-round selections were the second-most of any conference in the country and tied for the second-most in league history trailing only the 2008 Draft class.

Eight additional Pac-12 players were taken in the second round to raise the overall total to 14, equaling the most of any conference in this year’s Draft and eclipsing the previous Pac-12 mark of 12 in 2008.

Five Pac-12 players were taken in a 10-pick span in the second round – CALIFORNIA’s Ivan Rabb at No. 35, UCLA’s Jonah Bolden at No. 36 and the OREGON trio of Jordan Bell, Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks at Nos. 38, 41 and 45, respectively.

Ike Anigbogu became the 100th UCLA player selected in the modern Draft era, the most of any program in the nation, with the No. 47 pick to the Indiana Pacers. The Boston Celtics took a pair of Pac-12 players late in the second round – ARIZONA’s Kadeem Allen at No. 53 and CALIFORNIA’s Jabari Bird at No. 56.

First Round
1. Markelle Fultz, WASHINGTON - Philadelphia
2. Lonzo Ball, UCLA - LA Lakers
7. Lauri Markkanen, ARIZONA - Chicago (via Minnesota)
18. TJ Leaf, UCLA - Indiana
27. Kyle Kuzma, UTAH - LA Lakers (via Brooklyn)
29. Derrick White, COLORADO - San Antonio

Second Round
35. Ivan Rabb, CALIFORNIA - Memphis (via Orlando)
36. Jonah Bolden, UCLA - Philadelphia
38. Jordan Bell, OREGON - Golden State (via Chicago)
41. Tyler Dorsey, OREGON - Atlanta
45. Dillon Brooks, OREGON - Memphis (via Houston)
47. Ike Anigbogu, UCLA - Indiana
53. Kadeem Allen, ARIZONA - Boston
56. Jabari Bird, CALIFORNIA - Boston

1. Pac-12 - 14 - 6 first round
    ACC - 14 - 10 first round
3. Big 12 - 6 - 2 first round
4. Big Ten - 4 - 3 first round
    SEC - 4 - 3 first round
6. The American - 3 - 0 first round
    Big East - 3 - 2 first round
8. WCC - 2 - 1 first round
9. Horizon - 1 - 0 first round