While college basketball blue bloods Duke and Kentucky are unsurprisingly tops in the sport in procuring and producing NBA talent, other mainstays in the college game have had their fair share of representation taken at the next level.
With the NBA Draft looming on Thursday, ESPN recently devised a system to rank the top 10 college programs in the country that produce the most potentially impactful NBA players. By giving a score to each player selected in the past 10 NBA drafts (the first pick is given a score of 60 and each player taken after has his score decrease by one), a ranking system was devised to determine the top programs.
Syracuse came in at No. 5 on that list behind Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, respectively. Interestingly enough, those also happen to be the five winningest programs in college basketball (by win total).
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For a five-year stretch, the Orange produced a first-round pick every year. Over the past decade, SU had a first-round pick every year except 2011 and 2018. During that span, the future draftees led Cuse to two Final Fours. Syracuse has also produced three top-10 picks during this time period (Johnson, Waiters and Jonny Flynn).
“I’m really close with their staff as well, I like them a lot. They came down to Westtown a couple times, probably a month or so ago, just to talk really. They like me a lot. It’s a great campus, great atmosphere, and that’s really their biggest pitch. It’s awesome there, has great history, and they have a great history with people like me.”
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