One of John Calipari’s biggest claims to fame is that all 21 of his one-and-done players at Kentucky have been drafted in the first round; with Jarred Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo projected to be second round picks, that streak is probably going to break later this month.
Before we get into the loaded question of whether or not we care, let’s look back at how we got here, because it’s pretty remarkable.
|2010||1||1||John Wall||Washington Wizards|
|2010||1||5||DeMarcus Cousins||Sacramento Kings|
|2010||1||18||Eric Bledsoe||Oklahoma City Thunder (to LA Clippers)|
|2010||1||29||Daniel Orton||Orlando Magic|
|2011||1||3||Enes Kanter||Utah Jazz|
|2011||1||8||Brandon Knight||Detroit Pistons|
|2012||1||1||Anthony Davis||New Orleans Pelicans|
|2012||1||2||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Charlotte Hornets|
|2012||1||29||Marquis Teague||Chicago Bulls|
|2013||1||6||Nerlens Noel||New Orleans Pelicans (to Philadelphia)|
|2013||1||29||Archie Goodwin||Oklahoma City Thunder (to Phoenix)|
|2014||1||7||Julius Randle||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2014||1||17||James Young||Boston Celtics|
|2015||1||1||Karl-Anthony Towns||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2015||1||12||Trey Lyles||Utah Jazz|
|2015||1||13||Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns|
|2016||1||7||Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets|
|2016||1||28||Skal Labissiere||Phoenix Suns (to Sacramento)|
|2017||1||5||De’Aaron Fox||Sacramento Kings|
|2017||1||11||Malik Monk||Charlotte Hornets|
|2017||1||14||Bam Adebayo||Miami Heat|
When you look at this list, it’s pretty crazy that this streak made it past Daniel Orton, so maybe Calipari owes the Orlando Magic a thank you card. His 100% success rate of one-and-dones being drafted in the first round has been his calling card for eight years, helping reel in five-star after five-star. On an impressive list of bragging rights, it is near the top.
The streak has survived close calls in 2010 (Orton), 2012 (Marquis Teague), 2013 (Archie Goodwin), and 2016 (Skal Labissiere), but will almost certainly snap this year. You could argue that Hamidou Diallo isn’t technically a one-and-done since he arrived at Kentucky during the 2016-17 season, but Jarred Vanderbilt definitely is, and due to his injury, I doubt he’ll hear his name called in the first round. Depending on where Hami goes, the streak of Kentucky freshmen drafted in the first round will end at 23 with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox.
Probably the only person that cares about this is Calipari, but he’s got countless other stats to fluff the recruiting pamphlet, such as 31 draft picks, 17 lottery picks, and three No. 1 picks over eight years at Kentucky. Like another significant streak that snapped earlier this year, as time goes on, I bet we’ll start to forget it even existed.