Over the past two years, Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith has coached against eight of the top prospects in this year’s NBA Draft.
“There are a number of guys that we played and, unfortunately, most of them beat us,” Smith said. “Because of that, we have a good understanding of what it takes and the type of player who makes it.”
17 — Out of 18 seasons the Big 12 has had at least one first-round draft pick, assuming the league has a first-round pick this year. Hello, Andrew Wiggins.
14 — Out of 18 seasons the Big 12 has had at least one athlete among the top-10 overall selections, assuming that happens. Again, hello Andrew Wiggins.
1 — Number of No. 1 draft picks the Big 12 has had (Blake Griffin, 2009)
3 — Number of No. 2 draft picks the Big 12 has had (LaMarcus Aldridge, 2006; Kevin Durant, 2007; Michael Beasley, 2008)
30 — Number of Big 12 players who have been drafted since 2010
91 — Number of Big 12 players selected since the first season in 1996-97
44 — Number of Big 12 draft picks over the last six years, which leads all conferences
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