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Fastbreak: NBA Draft Recap

Tuesday, June 27, 12:45 p.m.

Thanks to Dave Hirsch and the league office for the following NBA Draft notes. It really shows that the Pac-10 (soon to be Pac-12) Conference has been producing NBA-level talent at an extremely high rate.


• Over the last four years, 29 Pac-10 players have been drafted representing nine of the league’s 10 member institutions.

Here’s a breakdown by conferences over the last four years:

Big 12:  30
Pac-10:  29
Atlantic Coast:  29
Big East:  27
Southeastern:  24
Big Ten:  11

• Over the last four years, 17 Pac-10 players have been drafted in the first round, including eight among the top 10 selections. First round picks by conferences over the last four years:

Big 12:  19
Pac-10:  17
Atlantic Coast:  17
Big East:  14
Southeastern:  9
Big Ten:  6


First Round
2. Derrick Williams, Arizona (Minnesota)
11. Klay Thompson, Washington State (Golden State)
16. Nikola Vucevic, USC (Philadelphia)

Second Round
35. Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA (Sacramento)
43. Malcolm Lee, UCLA (Chicago)
60. Isaiah Thomas, Washington (Sacramento)

1. Southeastern:  8
2. Atlantic Coast and Big 12:  7
4. Pac-10:  6
5. Big Ten:  5
6. Big East:  3

• Arizona’s Derrick Williams is the 17th first-round pick in school history and 11th lottery pick since 1989. Arizona has 14 players selected over the last 10 drafts. Nine of last 10 Arizona players selected in the Draft were lottery picks.

• At No. 2, Williams was the highest Wildcat drafted since Mike Bibby in 1998 (No. 2, Vancouver). He’s the seventh Pac-10 player all-time to be the second overall pick.

• Being the 11th pick in the first round, Washington State’s Klay Thompson becomes the highest Cougar ever selected in the NBA draft. Don Collins is the only other Cougar taken in the first round (No. 18, Atlanta).

• At No. 16 (Philadelphia), USC’s Nikola Vucevic becomes the fifth Trojan selected in the first round in the last five years. He joins Nick Young (2007 - No. 16, Washington), O.J. Mayo (2008 - No. 3, Chicago), DeMar DeRozan (2009 - No. 9, Toronto) and Taj Gibson (2009 - No. 26, Chicago).

• Tyler Honeycutt (No. 35, Sacramento) and Malcolm Lee (No. 43, Chicago) gives UCLA the 107th and 108th UCLA players to be selected in NBA draft history. Tops all-time among college programs:

UCLA:  108
North Carolina:  101
Kentucky:  101
Duke:  77