Kentucky head coach John Calipari has always said that the final day of the season is the day of the NBA Draft. In that case, the Wildcats closed out an historic 2014-15 campaign with yet another historic night.
For the first time in program history, and for just the second time in the history of the NBA Draft, Kentucky had four players taken in the NBA Draft Lottery when Karl-Anthony Towns went first overall (Minnesota Timberwolves), Willie Cauley-Stein was selected sixth (Sacramento Kings), Trey Lyles became the No. 12 pick (Utah Jazz) and Devin Booker went one pick later at No. 13 (Phoenix Suns). In all, six Wildcats were drafted, as Andrew Harrison went 44th to the Phoenix Suns and Dakari Johnson was taken with the 48th pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
UK’s six picks tie the NBA Draft record for most players taken in a two-round NBA Draft, which was also set in 2012 by Kentucky.