Ah, the summer. The perfect time to make up new rankings. ESPN’s latest and greatest actually is somewhat interesting. ESPN calculated which schools have had the most success getting players drafted over the last 10 years in the NFL, MLB (top 10 rounds only), NBA, MLS, NHL, WNBA, Major League Lacrosse and NFP (softball).
Kentucky’s success (despite not being DI in all the listed sports) was good enough for No. 4 overall. Not too shabby for Barnhart and company.
ESPN didn’t shy away from UK’s bread-and-butter for the rankings- John Calipari’s basketball program:
It’s clear that Kentucky is fourth in these rankings because of its elite recruiting ability in men’s basketball. Since taking over in 2009, coach John Calipari has produced a whopping 36 NBA draft picks, by far the most in the nation. That’s 14 more than second-place Duke’s 22. Perhaps surprisingly, Kentucky’s baseball program has had 31 players drafted in the first 10 rounds over the past decade, and its football program, which hasn’t won more than seven games in the past 10 years, has had 12 players selected in the NFL draft.
UK was ranked first in the SEC out of the six schools that made the top 25. Rivals UNC and Duke were ahead of UK at No. 1 and No. 3 respectfully, while Florida (No.8), Tennessee (No.16) and UofL (No.18) were behind the Cats.
In case you were wondering the bottom five Power Five schools had Washington State last followed by Texas Tech, Illinois, TCU and Kansas State.
Check out the entire rankings HERE and learn more about how they ranked the schools.
Print this in some brochures or something. Go Cats.