On Thursday, Ben Simmons will likely join Shaquille O'Neal as the only top overall picks in LSU history. While most eyes will be focused on the top five picks, folks in Rochester, Mich., will be anxiously awaiting the call for Kay Felder.
Felder, an AP Third-Team All-American selection from Oakland University, could become just the second draft pick in Grizzlies' history. If he can top Keith Benson's 48th overall selection by the Miami Heat in 2011, the 5'9", 180-pound point guard would become the highest-drafted player in program history.
If Felder successfully rewrites Oakland basketball history, who will he join as the highest-drafted player from his respective school?
Below is each Division I school's highest draft pick in history, sorted by conference.
Territorial picks – special pre-draft selections from 1949-1965 by teams that wished to forfeit their first-round pick to select a player within a 50-mile radius of their home arena – were included and treated as selections made higher than official draft picks. Supplemental picks were not included, nor were players that competed in another league after leaving college. Players drafted into the Basketball Association of America (BAA), National Basketball League (NBL) and NBA were eligible.
Twenty-two Division I schools have never had a player selected in the NBA draft: Albany, Binghamton, Bryant, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Delaware State, Florida Gulf Coast, Incarnate Word, IPFW, Kennesaw State, NJIT, North Florida, Northern Colorado, Northern Kentucky, SIU, Edwardsville, Radford, Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, Troy, UNC Asheville, UNC Greensboro, Utah Valley and Winthrop, and thus were not included in our list.
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