NBA Draft 2012: Kentucky’s 5 Stars May Help SEC Set a Record

April 17th, 2012 by Scott Henry Leave a reply »
With the profoundly unsurprising news that Kentucky's five underclassman starters have all declared for the NBA Draft, nearly all of the players who project as first-round talents have announced their intentions.

What may be surprising is that the five Wildcats are part of a bumper crop of SEC talents set to put an indelible stamp not only on this year's draft, but the draft's entire history.

In the lottery era—1985 and on—no single conference has had more than eight players selected in a single first round. The 1995 draft featured eight ACC players, including solid pros Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace and first overall pick Joe Smith.

That record has survived the consolidation of college conferences into 12- and 16-team behemoths. It even survived Kentucky's 2010 class, where John Calipari's first team sent five players into the first round by itself.

That year's Wildcats got no help from the rest of their conference, as the rest of the SEC could not produce a single first-round pick.

This year, Kentucky's five stars are being joined by a solid group of talents from the SEC that could lead to the conference pr ...

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