BusinessInsider.com shocked no one today when they released an article titled, The Schools Whose Alumni Will Make The Most Money In The NBA This Year [LINK], revealing University of Kentucky alumni are collectively the highest-paid players in the NBA.
“1. Kentucky: $77,324,323 — 21 players
The program that everyone loves to hate, led by the coach that everyone loves to hate, actually produces the most NBA players. But it’s not just the Coach Cal era — four of the top six paid former Wildcats — Rajon Rondo, Tayshaun Prince, Chuck Hayes and Keith Bogans — played well before he came to town. Even when those contracts expire, UK has another crop of rising stars. John Wall, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will all make substantially more money in a few years than they do now. It’s entirely possible that Kentucky retains this spot for the next three, four, maybe even five years.“
Love or hate, it’s still an obsession, right? Kentucky may not be the most popular team across the college basketball landscape, but success breeds jealousy. UConn ($75,530,794 – 12 players) checked in at No. 2, UCLA ($68,606,959 – 12 players) at No. 3, Duke ($67,081,620 – 14 players) at No. 4, and Florida ($60,873,433 – 12 players) rounded out the top 5. Arkansas (No. 19) and LSU (No. 20) brought the SEC’s total to 4 teams in the top 20.
Strangely enough, Louisville was nowhere to be found on the list.