Despite a decade-long domination in the Big 12 by the Kansas Jayhawks, the entire conference regularly produces elite NBA prospects, many of which are high lottery selections.
With two new member institutions in TCU and West Virginia, the now 10-team conference possesses five coaches either in their first or second year in the Big 12 but still has two highly successful and respected coaches in Bill Self and Rick Barnes. Both of these men have had impressive recruiting success and have shown the ability to develop student-athletes into future NBA draft picks.
Four of the five new coaches also have sent players to the next level but lack the consistency that Self and Barnes have provided for over a decade apiece, thus leaving uncertainty in the near future for NBA scouts making travel plans.
The Big 12 had nine players selected in 2012 NBA Draft but only one in the Top 15—Thomas Robinson. While there are nearly two dozen players that could hear their name called by David Stern over the next four years, only a couple have a chance of becoming lottery selections.
As we prepare for another glorious season of college hoops, here is the top NBA prospect from every Big 12 team.