Kentucky Basketball: Ranking the Wildcats' NBA Draft Picks Since 2000

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Kentucky Basketball: Ranking the Wildcats' NBA Draft Picks Since 2000
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Julius Randle surveys a list of the teams he will try to make pay for passing him over in the NBA Draft.

The University of Kentucky continued to stretch its lead in a recruit-friendly category over the rest of college basketball by sending two more players to the NBA during the 2014 draft. The Los Angeles Lakers' selection of Julius Randle and the Boston Celtics' pick of James Young give UK 24 draft selections since 2000, two more than Duke.

An insane 17 of those players have been picked in the last five years, otherwise known as the John Calipari One-and-Done-a-Palooza.

Like most schools, Kentucky's array of pros has had mixed results as professionals. Some have struggled with injuries, and a few have simply ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. There have also been stars but surprisingly few for a procession of players that were largely famous before they graduated high school.

This list will examine the fates of the 22 Wildcats selected in the drafts between 2000 and 2013, helping to separate the busts from the brightest.

The names are familiar to Big Blue Nation, but the basketball public at large may scratch its collective head at the few who have washed out of the game.

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