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Kansas has a rich history in the NBA Draft

06/24/2014 10:31 AM

06/24/2014 8:18 PM

Former Kansas standouts Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid have a chance to make NBA Draft history on Thursday night in New York.

Just once has Kansas had two players go in the top 10 of the same draft — Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce in 1998 — while Wiggins could be the first KU player to go No. 1 overall since Danny Manning in 1988.

Before suffering a stress fracture in his right foot, Embiid was also poised to go in the top three. But his draft fate is now uncertain after undergoing surgery last week.

Kansas draft selections

1962

Wayne Hightower

No. 5

Philadelphia Warriors

1966

Walt Wesley

No. 6

Cincinnati Royals

1969

Jo Jo White

No. 9

Boston Celtics

1972

Bud Stallworth

No. 7

Seattle Supersonics

1976

Norman Cook

No. 16

Boston Celtics

1981

Darnell Valentine

No. 16

Portland Trailblazers

1988

Danny Manning

No. 1

Los Angeles Clippers

1991

Mark Randall

No. 26

Chicago Bulls

1993

Rex Walters

No. 16

New Jersey Nets

1995

Greg Ostertag

No. 28

Utah Jazz

1997

Scot Pollard

No. 19

Detroit Pistons

1997

Jacque Vaughn

No. 27

Utah Jazz

1998

Raef LaFrentz

No. 3

Denver Nuggets

1998

Paul Pierce

No. 10

Boston Celtics

2002

Drew Gooden

No. 4

Memphis Grizzlies

2003

Kirk Hinrich

No. 7

Chicago Bulls

2003

Nick Collison

No. 12

Seattle Supersonics

2005

Wayne Simien

No. 29

Miami Heat

2007

Julian Wright

No. 13

New Orleans Hornets

2008

Brandon Rush

No. 13

Portland Trailblazers

2008

Darrell Arthur

No. 27

Portland Trailblazers

2010

Cole Aldrich

No. 11

New Orleans Hornets

2010

Xavier Henry

No. 12

Memphis Grizzlies

2011

Markieff Morris

No. 13

Phoenix Suns

2011

Marcus Morris

No. 14

Houston Rockets

2012

Thomas Robinson

No. 5

Sacramento Kings

2013

Ben McLemore

No. 7

Sacramento Kings

Other Kansas NBA Draft facts

Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid will become the 10th and 11th players to be recruited to Kansas by Bill Self and drafted in the first round.

Kansas has never had two players drafted in the top five picks in the same year.

This will be the fifth straight year that Kansas has had a player taken in the first round, the longest such streak in school history.

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