Kentucky. Kansas. Duke. Syracuse. UConn.
What do these blue bloods of college basketball have in common?
Well, aside from lording over the "amateur" hoops landscape, they have all made a habit of stocking and re-stocking the professional ranks by graduating their best players into the NBA draft.
That trend figures to continue on Thursday, particularly for UK, which will likely see as many as six of its own checking in among the lucky 60 who will walk away from Newark as the league's newest employees.
But where do those schools rank among the most prolific hoop-grooming institutions over the last decade? To find out, I pored through the honor rolls of the top basketball colleges (thank you Basketball Reference) and put together a list of each school's draftees from the past 10 years. I then assigned point values to a slew of individual accomplishments and tallied them up, as follows:
One point for each player drafted
One point for each player drafted in the lottery
One point for each NBA season in which a player has played
Two points for each All-Rookie team selection
Five points for each Rookie of the Year
Three points for each All-Defensive team selection
Four points for each All-Star team selection
Four points for each time a player leads the league in points, rebounds or assists
Five points for each All-NBA team selection
Five points for each secondary award (i.e. Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, etc.)
10 points for each Most Valuable Player award
It's not a perfect system, to be sure, but it does favor quality over quantity. After all, the aim is to determine which school turns out the best NBA talent, not the most.
Here, then, are the top 10 "NBA factories" in the country, according to my admittedly imperfect point system, with each school's best, most forgettable, most surprising and most disappointing players listed.