Comparing Duke And Kentucky's Draft Success Over The Last 10 Years

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:

Year Kentucky Duke
Player Draft pos. Player Draft pos.
2010 John Wall 1

2010 DeMarcus Cousins 5

2010 Patrick Patterson 14

2010 Eric Bledsoe 18

2010 Daniel Orton 29

2009 Jodie Meeks 41 Gerald Henderson 12
2008 Joe Crawford 56

2007

Josh McRoberts 37
2006 Rajon Rondo 24 Shelden Williams 5
2006

J.J. Redick 11
2005

Daniel Ewing 32
2004

Luol Deng 7
2004

Chris Duhon 39
2003 Keith Bogans 43 Dahantay Jones 20
2002 Tayshaun Prince 23 Jay Williams 2
2002

Mike Dunleavy 3
2002

Carlos Boozer 35
2001

Shane Battier 6
Averages 25.4
17.42
Count 10
12

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.

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