John Clay had this post up earlier today, in which he did all the legwork of comparing the two schools, so I claim no credit at all for the idea. But John's post left me unsatisfied, so I went ahead and did a little bit more.
As you can see from his post above, both schools have been very successful in getting players into the NBA. But who is getting their players drafted higher, on average? Here are the numbers:
|Player||Draft pos.||Player||Draft pos.|
|2009||Jodie Meeks||41||Gerald Henderson||12|
|2006||Rajon Rondo||24||Shelden Williams||5|
|2003||Keith Bogans||43||Dahantay Jones||20|
|2002||Tayshaun Prince||23||Jay Williams||2|
Duke had great success earlier in the decade with six straight years of putting players in the NBA, and having one year (2002) where they not only won the national championship, but they wound up getting four of their players drafted. Over this decade, Duke has not only placed two more players in the NBA than Kentucky, but their average draft position is almost 8 spots higher.
Kentucky, of course, was hit or miss before Calipari came, and didn't have a single year in which more than one player was drafted. Last year not only wiped that clean with 5 players drafted in the first round, but also it brought the schools back to near parity in a statistic that the Blue Devils had been utterly dominating.
After this year and next, that pre-Calipari trend is likely to be completely reversed.