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Thursday’s NBA Draft a good one for Atlantic Coast, Southeastern conferences

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Jahlil Okafor, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


With Thursday’s NBA Draft in the books, here’s a look at the number of players picked for each school and Division I conference. Unsurprisingly Kentucky led the way amongst schools, with John Calipari seeing six of his players hear their name called and four going in the lottery. Kentucky, which boasts the top overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns, became the first program in a decade to have four lottery picks in a single draft.

Kentucky fell one pick shy of setting a new record for most selections from a school in a single NBA Draft.

Kentucky was one of nine schools to have multiple players selected on the night. Duke’s three freshmen gave the current national champions the second-highest number of selections, and they were one of four ACC programs to have multiple players picked. The SEC (Kentucky and LSU) and Pac-12 (Arizona and UCLA) are the other conferences capable of making that claim.

Kentucky - 6 (Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson)
Duke - 3 (Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones)
Arizona - 2 (Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson)
Louisville - 2 (Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell)
LSU - 2 (Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey)
Notre Dame - 2 (Jerian Grant, Pat Connaughton)
Syracuse - 2 (Chris McCullough, Rakeem Christmas)
UCLA - 2 (Kevon Looney, Norman Powell)
Wisconsin - 2 (Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker)

Schools with one draft pick: Arkansas (Bobby Portis), Boston College (Olivier Hanlan), Bowling Green (Richaun Holmes), Eastern Washington (Tyler Harvey) Georgia State (R.J. Hunter), Iowa (Aaron White), Kansas (Kelly Oubre Jr.), Massachusetts (Cady Lalanne), Michigan State (Branden Dawson), Murray State (Cameron Payne), North Carolina (J.P. Tokoto), Ohio State (D’Angelo Russell), Oregon (Joseph Young), St. John’s (Sir’Dominic Pointer), Stanford (Anthony Brown), Tennessee (Josh Richardson), Texas (Myles Turner), UNLV (Rashad Vaughn), Utah (Delon Wright), Villanova (Darrun Hilliard), Virginia (Justin Anderson), William & Mary (Marcus Thornton), Wyoming (Larry Nance Jr.).

As for draft picks by conference, the ACC edged out the SEC for the top spot. Twelve players who played in the ACC last season were picked, with ten SEC products placing that conference second on the list. Following the SEC was the Pac-12 with seven selections and the Big Ten with five. The Big 12, Big East (which did not have a first round pick for the first time in league history) and Mountain West each had two products selected Thursday night.

The Atlantic 10, Big Sky, CAA, Mid-American, Ohio Valley and Sun Belt conferences had one player selected apiece, led by former Murray State guard Cameron Payne (OVC).