Most minutes played by college in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
While Kentucky may not be leading in minutes played now, they will be very soon.
Of the 16 Kentucky players playing in the NBA, 9 of them have been drafted in the last 2 years. Our boys are young and very talented. In the next couple of years guys like Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Enes Kanter will be starting for teams that are contending in the playoffs.
Throw in Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones and suddenly Kentucky is looking at having a lot of high-caliber players in the NBA. Not just role players.
UCLA has a lot of quality players in the NBA, and a few stars (Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook) but they haven’t put nearly the amount of young talent into the league that Kentucky has.
Many of North Carolina’s pro players are aging, and while they may be starting now, they will be out of the league soon. Same goes for Duke and Kansas.
Florida has Joakim Noah Al Horford and David Lee, but that’s it.
UConn has Ray Allen, Rudy Gay and Richard Hamilton, but Allen and Hamilton are both at the tail end of their careers.
Wake Forest is only high on the list because of Tim Duncan, Chris Paul and Jeff Teague.
Wait three years, and take a look at this list again, and if Kentucky isn’t the top school I’ll get a tattoo of Rick Pitino on my left butt cheek.
No one is putting the amount of players into the NBA that Kentucky is. No one.