Colleges with the Most NBA Players
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College basketball coaches invest an incalculable amount of time and effort in recruiting high school players. Among the most effective tools in their arsenal is their programs' ability to send players to the NBA.

With the 2016 All-Star break in the rearview mirror, PointAfter looked through the current NBA rosters to see which college basketball programs have the most former players in the league. Many of the game's perennial powerhouses top the list, along with several schools that aren't necessarily known for their storied basketball histories.

Seven schools have at least 10 players in the league, and 29 have more than three. We'll run through all 29 until we reach the school that has at least one player on 14 different NBA rosters.

Note: All reported numbers for each school reflect NBA rosters as of Feb. 18. In the event of ties, we listed the schools by alphabetical order.

#29. Villanova Wildcats

 

Number of current NBA players: 4

Conference: Big East

Of the former Wildcats currently in the league, Kyle Lowry has the most impressive résumé. A two-time All-Star, Lowry paired with Randy Foye to help lead Villanova to the Elite Eight in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Foye was named the Big East Player of the Year that season, and the Wildcats won the regular season conference championship.

#28. UNLV Runnin' Rebels

 

Number of current NBA players: 4

Conference: Mountain West

In his only college season, Anthony Bennett averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and notched 12 double-doubles. His NBA career, however, has been a bust, and he could go down as one of the worst No. 1 overall picks in league history. Other former Runnin' Rebels currently on rosters include Lou Amundson, Joel Anthony and Rashad Vaughn.

#27. Oklahoma State Cowboys

 

Number of current NBA players: 4

Conference: Big 12

The most successful former Cowboy currently in the NBA is Tony Allen, the godfather of the Grizzlies' "Grit & Grind" style who's renowned for his defensive tenacity. Allen is a three-time First-Team All-Defense selection and was a member of the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA championship team. Other former Oklahoma State players in the league are Marcus Smart, James Anderson and Markel Brown.

#26. Indiana Hoosiers

 

Number of current NBA players: 4

Conference: Big Ten

All four Hoosiers currently in the NBA are former top-10 picks, including college teammates Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller. Both were first-team All-Big Ten selections in 2013 and helped lead Indiana to a regular season conference championship.

#25. Colorado Buffaloes

 

Number of current NBA players: 4

Conference: Pac-12

After two college seasons, Alec Burks entered the draft and became just the fourth Colorado player to be drafted in the top 12. Other Buffaloes in the NBA are Chris Copeland, Spencer Dinwiddie and Andre Roberson.

#24. Arkansas Razorbacks

 

Number of current NBA players: 4

Conference: SEC

In his two college seasons, Joe Johnson helped lead Arkansas to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths, though the Razorbacks were knocked out in the first round both times. Arkansas' most recent first round pick, Bobby Portis, was taken by the Bulls with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 draft.

#23. Wisconsin Badgers

 

Number of current NBA players: 5

Conference: Big Ten

The most successful former Badger currently in the league is Devin Harris, who was the 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year and made the NBA All-Star team in 2009. Harris posted a career-best 21.4 PER that season and averaged over 21 points per game.

#22. Tennessee Volunteers

 

Number of current NBA players: 5

Conference: SEC

Among the notable Tennessee players in the NBA is Tobias Harris, who was recently traded to the Detroit Pistons. Other Volunteers in the league are C.J. Watson, Jarnell Stokes, Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson.

#21. Stanford Cardinal

 

Number of current NBA players: 5

Conference: Pac-12

In their two colleges seasons, Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez paired to form one of the more dominant post duos in the country. Stanford made the NCAA Tournament both years with the Lopez twins, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2008.

#20. Ohio State Buckeyes

 

Number of current NBA players: 5

Conference: Big Ten

All five former Buckeyes currently in the league were first-round picks, including a trio of guards who were chosen in the top five: Mike Conley, Evan Turner and D'Angelo Russell. As a junior, Turner was named the national player of the year and averaged 20.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

#19. Marquette Golden Eagles

 

Number of current NBA players: 5

Conference: Big East

As a junior, Dwyane Wade led Marquette to its third Final Four appearance in program history. The future Hall of Famer has gone on to win three NBA titles, with 12 All-Star selections. Other former Golden Eagles in the NBA include Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Wesley Matthews and Steve Novak.

#18. Georgetown Hoyas

 

Number of current NBA players: 5

Conference: Big East

Of the five former Hoyas on NBA rosters, three were top-10 picks, including Pistons big man Greg Monroe. For his career, Monroe has averaged 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and recorded 185 double-doubles. Other former Georgetown players in the league are Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Otto Porter and Hollis Thompson.

#17. Washington Huskies

 

Number of current NBA players: 6

Conference: Pac-12

The Huskies last made the NCAA Tournament in 2011, when four current NBA players — Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday, C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross — were all on the roster. Washington won the Pac-10 Tournament that season on a game-winning jump shot by Thomas at the buzzer.

#16. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

 

Number of current NBA players: 6

Conference: ACC

Among the six Wake Forest players in the NBA, two superstars stand out among the rest: Tim Duncan and Chris Paul. Duncan, a five-time NBA champion and two-time MVP, led the Demon Deacons to four NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Elite Eight in 1996. In Paul's two college seasons, Wake Forest made the tournament both years and won the ACC regular season championship in 2003.

#15. Michigan State Spartans

 

Number of current NBA players: 6

Conference: Big Ten

Of the six former Spartans in the NBA, three were either second-round picks or undrafted, none more notable than Draymond Green. As the key glue guy for the defending champion Golden State Warriors, Green made his first All-Star team in 2016. Other Michigan State players in the league are Zach Randolph, Adreian Payne, Gary Harris, Branden Dawson and Alan Anderson.

#14. Michigan Wolverines

 

Number of current NBA players: 6

Conference: Big Ten

Five of the six former Michigan players in the NBA were drafted in the past three years. The lone veteran — shooting guard Jamal Crawford — has had an impressive career. Crawford has twice been named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year , most recently winning the award in 2014. The other five Wolverines in the NBA were all members of the 2013 team that lost in the NCAA title game — Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary.

#13. LSU Tigers

 

Number of current NBA players: 6

Conference: SEC

None of the six LSU players currently in the NBA have blossomed into full-time starters, let alone All-Star caliber players. Brandon Bass, the 2005 SEC Player of the Year, has had a successful career as a reliable backup. Other Tigers in the NBA are Marcus Thornton, Garrett Temple, Johnny O'Bryant, Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey.

#12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

 

Number of current NBA players: 6

Conference: ACC

In his only college season, Chris Bosh led the ACC in field goal percentage, joining Antawn Jamison as the only freshman to do so. Bosh and four other active players — Derrick Favors, Iman Shumpert, Jarret Jack and Thaddeus Young — were all first-round picks.

#11. USC Trojans

 

Number of current NBA players: 7

Conference: Pac-12

Five of the seven Trojans currently in the league were first-round picks, including two-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan. Forward Taj Gibson was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams and was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

#10. Connecticut Huskies

 

Number of current NBA players: 7

Conference: American Athletic Conference

Point guard Kemba Walker cemented himself in UConn lore by leading the Huskies to a national championship in 2011. All seven former Connecticut players in the NBA were first-round picks, and six were taken in the top 10 — Walker, Andre Drummond, Rudy Gay, Caron Butler, Jeremy Lamb and Charlie Villanueva.

#9. Texas Longhorns

 

Number of current NBA players: 8

Conference: Big 12

Between the two of them, former Longhorns Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge have 12 All-Star appearances — seven for Durant and five for Aldridge. In his only college season, Durant's Texas team was knocked out in the second round. Aldridge played two college seasons, leading the Longhorns to the Elite Eight as a sophomore in 2006.

#8. Syracuse Orange

 

Number of current NBA players: 8

Conference: ACC

The majority of former Syracuse players currently in the NBA have failed to make a major impact. That hasn't been the case for Carmelo Anthony, who, after winning the 2003 national championship as a freshman, has made nine All-Star teams and led the league in scoring in 2013.

#7. Florida Gators

 

Number of current NBA players: 10

Conference: SEC

The Gators won back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007 with the same core players: Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah. All three were top-10 picks in the 2007 draft. Horford is a four-time All-Star, while Noah has had two All-Star nods.

#6. Arizona Wildcats

 

Number of current NBA players: 13

Conference: Pac-12

Arizona has sent a slew of players to the league over the years, and 11 of their 13 current pros were first-round picks. Andre Iguodala arguably has the most impressive NBA résumé, winning the NBA Finals MVP award in 2015.

#5. UCLA Bruins

 

Number of current NBA players: 14

Conference: Pac-12

With an NCAA record 11 men's basketball national championships, it should be no surprise UCLA is well-represented in the NBA. In their lone season as college teammates, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love helped lead the Bruins to the Final Four, where they were knocked out by Memphis. Westbrook and Love were taken with the No. 4 and No. 5 picks, respectively, in the 2008 draft.

#4. North Carolina Tar Heels

 

Number of current NBA players: 16

Conference: ACC

Of all the Tar Heel alumni in the NBA, none can match the accomplishments of Vince Carter. Though he's best known for his gravity-defying dunks, Carter has put together an impressive NBA career that ranks him among the game's elite. He currently sits at No. 25 on the NBA's all-time scoring list, ahead of Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird and David Robinson.

#3. Kansas Jayhawks

 

Number of current NBA players: 19

Conference: Big 12

Of the 19 Jayhawks currently in the NBA, 14 were first-round picks, including future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce. The Truth is a 10-time All-Star and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 NBA Finals. Four of the 14 first-rounders were picked in the top five: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Thomas Robinson and Drew Gooden.

#2. Duke Blue Devils

 

Number of current NBA players: 19

Conference: ACC

Though he only suited up in 11 games for the Blue Devils, Kyrie Irving helped lead Duke to the Sweet 16 in 2011 and is one of two active Duke alumni to be drafted No. 1 overall, along with Elton Brand. Other players taken in the top five include Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor and Mike Dunleavy Jr.

#1. Kentucky Wildcats

 

Number of current NBA players: 21

Conference: SEC

As the face of the one-and-done era of college basketball, Kentucky coach John Calipari's ability to acquire NBA talent year after year is unequaled. There are too many former Wildcats in the league to run through, so instead we'll focus on three front court studs who were all top-five picks: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Davis and Cousins have five All-Star appearances between the two of them, while Towns, the No. 1 pick of the 2015 draft, is the favorite to be named the 2016 Rookie of the Year.

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