Hield, Prince Lead Big 12 In NBA Draft

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016

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By Wendall Barnhouse
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Two Big 12 standouts – Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Taurean Prince
(Baylor) led six players that were chosen in the 2016 NBA Draft. Hield
was taken No. 6 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. Prince followed
at No. 12 to the Utah Jazz and was later traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
It was the Big 12’s highest overall draft total since 2012 and only
one conference could boast more selections.
Hield’s selection is the highest by a Sooner since former
standout Blake Griffin went No. 1 overall in 2009. The last time a
Baylor player went as high as Prince was in 2010 when Ekpe Udoh was
chosen sixth.
Cheick Diallo of Kansas went next in the second round when he
was picked at No. 33 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. He is the
20th draftee of the Bill Self era in Lawrence.
Iowa State standout Georges Niang followed his outstanding
career by being drafted at No. 50 in the second round by the Indiana
Pacers before teammate Abdel Nader went at No. 58 by the Boston
Celtics.
Oklahoma had its second selection of the draft with the next
pick, as Isaiah Cousins was chosen by the Sacramento Kings.
This year’s draft is the 19th time in 20 seasons the Big 12 has
had at least one first-round choice. It marks the 11th consecutive
year that at least one Big 12 student-athlete has been taken in the
NBA Draft lottery as one of the top 14 picks.
Overall, 57 players have been chosen in the past nine drafts. A
total of 104 players from the Big 12 have been selected since the
first league season in 1996-97.
KU has had a total of 29 players chosen since the Big 12 began
play, more than any other league school. The Texas Longhorns are next
among current members with 17 draftees, followed by Iowa State with
10, Oklahoma at nine and Baylor and Oklahoma State with eight apiece.
Texas Tech (3) and Kansas State (2) round out the Big 12 team draft
totals.

BIG 12 IN THE 2016 NBA DRAFT
1/6 Buddy Hield, G Oklahoma / New Orelans Pelicans
1/12 Taurean Prince, F
Baylor / Utah Jazz (traded to Atlanta
2/33 Cheick Diallo, F
Kansas / Los Angeles Clippers
2/50 Georges Niang, F
Iowa State / Indiana Pacers
2/58 Abdel Nader, F
Iowa State / Boston Celtics
2/59 Isaiah Cousins, G Oklahoma / Sacramento Kings

BIG 12 CONFERENCE ~ PRE-DRAFT NOTEBOOK
* The Big 12 has had a player selected among the top seven picks
in nine of the last 10 seasons (2006-15).
* The Big 12 has had at least one first-round draft choice in 18
of 19 seasons. There has been at least one athlete among the top 10
overall selections in 14 of 19 seasons.
* The Big 12 has had two players drafted No. 1 overall (Andrew
Wiggins, 2014; Blake Griffin, 2009). Three different conference
players have been selected No. 2 overall (LaMarcus Aldridge, 2006;
Kevin Durant, 2007; Michael Beasley, 2008).

ENTERING THE 2016 NBA DRAFT …
* The Big 12 has had 22 first-round picks in the last six years.
* A total of 37 Big 12 players have been drafted since 2010, with
nine or more players picked in the same draft three times since 2008.
* The Big 12 has had at least four players drafted in 11 of the
last 12 years. Overall, there have been 14 times in the 19-year draft
history of the Big 12 that at least four athletes have been chosen.
* There have been 98 players from the Big 12 selected since the
first season in 1996-97.
* Kansas has had the most selections as a Big 12 team with 28 in
the past 19 years. Texas is next among current members with 17 picks,
followed by Iowa State (8), Oklahoma State (8), Baylor (7), Oklahoma
(7), Texas Tech (3) and Kansas State (2).

Lottery Picks (By Conference) Since 2000
ACC – 31
BIG 12 – 28
Big East – 27
SEC – 25
Pac-12 – 24
Big Ten – 19
First round picks by conference over the last eight years:
Atlantic Coast – 40
Pac-12 – 33
BIG 12 – 28
Southeastern – 28
Big East – 24
Big Ten – 20
Lists above include schools that were in their respective
conference from the previous season at the time of the NBA Draft and
do not necessarily reflect current membership.

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