How many players in the NBA today have attended the University of Kentucky and who all are they?
The University of Kentucky is among the few pristine colleges in the United States that seems to attract high school basketball phenoms while also producing high end talent that prospers within the NBA. Guys like Devin Booker, Anthony Davis, and Karl Anthony Towns are just a few of the big names players that spent time as a Wildcat.
John Calipari has been the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats since 2009 and won the NCAA Championship back in 2012 with future number 2 overall pick, Michael Kidd Gilchrist at the helm.
When most people think about former Wildcats that have succeeded within the league, they think of the aforementioned young stars of the league. It’s easy to forget that legends of the past such as Jamal Mashburn, Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, and Rajon Rondo all attended the University of Kentucky before entering the big leagues.
Young stars in the NBA today that have attended Kentucky.
There is a rather long list of players that have been Kentucky Wildcats and were subsequently drafted into the NBA this past decade. This ranges from role players like Enes Kanter, Eric Bledsoe, Willie Cauley-Stein to superstars like Karl Anthony Towns and Devin Booker (both were teammates in 2015).
John Wall and Demarcus Cousins, two players who are a bit of an afterthought in the 2020s after having been All-NBA talent in the 2010s, also attended Kentucky together.
More recently, Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, PJ Washington, and Shai Gilgeous Alexander were also Wildcats. Jamal Murray and De’Aaron Fox are two score first Western Conference point guards who were under Calipari’s wing during the mid-2010s.
It’s safe to say that the University of Kentucky has produced some incredible high-end talent that’s enjoyed an incredible amount of success within the NBA.