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Zero Kentucky players drafted in NBA lottery for first time since John Calipari era began

This year’s NBA Draft was strange for several reasons, but none more so than the lack of Blue Blood talent.

For the first time since 2010–when John Calipari became the head coach at Kentucky–there were ZERO former Wildcats drafted within the first 14 picks of the NBA Draft, otherwise known as the “lottery.” But taking it a step further, this year marked the first time since 2000 that a player from Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, or North Carolina was not selected in the lottery.

John Wall got the streak rolling back in 2010 after going No. 1 overall to the Washington Wizards. Since then, 20 other former Wildcats have gone in the lottery, including two more No. 1 overall picks in Anthony Davis (2012) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2015). Tyrese Maxey was Kentucky’s best bet at continuing the streak, but he fell ended up falling outside of the lottery this year.

Even without a lottery pick, Kentucky still posted a 25-6 record a season ago and finished at the top of the SEC.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

4 Comments for Zero Kentucky players drafted in NBA lottery for first time since John Calipari era began



  1. Irish son
    9:48 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    If you look at how The Rat face coach K has been kicking Cal’s butt in recruiting this isn’t a surprise. Cal hasn’t signed a top 5 player out of high school since 2015



    • StuckinLville
      9:51 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

      I dont know if you realized it or not, but Coach K didn’t have a lottery pick either. Neither did Kansas. Plus, it’s easy to have your butt kicked in recruiting when other teams are paying for players and you are not. Also, Boston is a top 5. And, you must not notice what Cal has done to develop 4 stars.



  2. StuckinLville
    9:53 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    I am not surprised at all this happened. Last year’s guys were just too soft and inconsistent. I don’t know about you all, but this year’s team seems complete opposite. Remember when Maxey was laughing when Edwards schooled him to the rim? I don’t see that happening with this team. These guys are dogs and will get after it. Sucks the streak ended, but I’m sure he’ll have multiple lottery picks next year.



  3. wyatts1
    8:39 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    More worried about championships then how many one and dones get drafted, or in what order. I know we need it for recruiting nowadays though so it is what it is.