2010 ACC and the NBA Draft Primer

June 22, 2010

Noting the ACC
Over the past four years the ACC has accounted for 19 percent (24 of 122) of the college players selected in the first round … Duke has had at least one player selected in 11 of the past 12 years … Florida State has had at least one player selected in five of the past six years … since 1986, the ACC has produced 88 first-round selections - 12 more than the Big East and 21 more than the Pac-10 … North Carolina has had six “Lottery Picks” over the last four years … 20 of the last 25 North Carolina players selected in the NBA Draft have gone in the first round ... the Tar Heels lead all ACC teams with 39 first round selections … with an NBA-high seven first round picks in the 2009 draft, the ACC extended its streak of having at least one first-round draft pick to 21 consecutive NBA drafts … the ACC has had the most, or tied for the most, first-round picks in the NBA draft in five of the of the last eight years and in 11 of the last 17.

2009 NBA Draft in Review
Led by Charlotte’s selection of Duke’s Gerald Henderson with the 12th overall pick, the ACC paced all conferences with seven first-round draft picks in the 2009 NBA Draft ... National Champion North Carolina had four players drafted overall, including three first round picks - Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington - for the second time in five years … Wake Forest’s James Johnson and Jeff Teague became the first Demon Deacon duo to be selected in the first round of the same NBA Draft … for the second time in three years, Florida State had a first round draft pick as Toney Douglas became the 10th Seminole selected in the first round.

Top of the Class
Chicago’s pick of Duke’s Elton Brand as the first overall selection in the 1999 NBA draft marked the ninth time in league history that an ACC player was the NBA’s No. 1 overall pick ... the ACC and the Big Ten, with nine each, are tied with the most No. 1 overall picks in the annual NBA Draft ... six ACC schools have had at least one No. 1 overall selection ... Duke, Maryland and North Carolina have each had two No. 1 overall picks while NC State, Virginia and Wake Forest have had one each.