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Kentucky And Duke Dominate NBA Rosters With A Combined 48

But Kentucky leads with 27 to Duke’s 21

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 06 State Farm Champions Classic - Duke v Kentucky
 INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 06: Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) battles with Kentucky Wildcats forward Reid Travis (22) in action during a Champions Classic game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats on November 6, 2018 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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On opening day, Kentucky had 27 players in the NBA to Duke’s 21. Those two schools had more than anyone else and give John Calipari credit: he said years ago that the most important day for Kentucky every year was Draft Day.

We’re not authorities on Kentucky basketball obviously but we’re pretty sure there’s one big difference between the two programs and their respective NBA rosters: There is only one Kentucky player who has a national championship: Anthony Davis.

Duke, by contrast, has four: Mason Plumlee, Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen.

We’re sure like Calipari, Big Blue Nation is thrilled to have more NBA success than NCAA champions. Duke fans will just have to learn to live with it.

  • Cam Reddish, Atlanta
  • Jalen Johnson, Atlanta
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston
  • Kyrie Irving,Brooklyn
  • Vernon Carey Jr., Charlotte
  • Mason Plumlee, Charlotte
  • Austin Rivers, Denver
  • Frank Jackson, Detroit
  • Luke Kennard, LA Clippers
  • Justise Winslow, LA Clippers
  • Tyus Jones, Memphis
  • Grayson Allen, Milwaukee
  • Rodney Hood, Milwaukee
  • Brandon Ingram, New Orleans
  • Zion Williamson, New Orleans
  • RJ Barrett, New York
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Orlando
  • Seth Curry, Philadelphia
  • Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento
  • Tre Jones, San Antonio
  • Gary Trent Jr., Toronto