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Daniel Wilco | NCAA.com | June 24, 2019

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Since the NBA Draft's inception in 1947, around 1,500 players have been drafted in the first round. About 90 percent of those players came from a Division I school. Chances are, if you picked one at random, they'd have worn blue in college.

This year, the NBA draft started with Duke star Zion Williamson going No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans. Duke has the thirst-most number of first-round picks, behind only Kentucky and North Carolina.

Here’s how the top 20 schools stack up:

Rank College Conference First-round picks
1 Kentucky Southeastern 52
2 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 51
3 Duke Atlantic Coast 48
4 UCLA Pac-12 39
5 Kansas Big 12 32
6 Michigan Big Ten 27
7 Indiana Big Ten 26
8 Louisville Atlantic Coast 24
8 Syracuse Atlantic Coast 24
10 Ohio State Big Ten 23
11 Arizona Pac-12 22
12 Michigan State Big Ten 21
13 Notre Dame Atlantic Coast 20
13 Connecticut American Athletic Conference 20
15 Maryland Big Ten 19
15 Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 19
16 Texas Big 12 18
17 North Carolina State Atlantic Coast 16
17 Minnesota Big Ten 16
17 St. John's (NY) Big East 16

No big surprises there. The top 10 schools there account for more than half of the NCAA championships alone.

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Since 1947, 68 top overall picks have come from NCAA Division I schools. Two have come from overseas, and three from high school.

No schools have seen more No. 1 picks than Duke, which has seen four.

Duke’s four is Art Heyman (1963, New York Knicks), Elton Brand (1999, Chicago Bulls), Kyrie Irving (2011, Cleveland Cavaliers) and now Zion Williamson (2019, New Orleans Pelicans).

In all, 45 schools have had at least one No. 1 pick taken.

Here’s how the top schools rank:

Rank College Conference No. 1 overall picks
1 Duke Atlantic Coast 4
2 Kentucky Southeastern 3
3 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 2
3 UCLA Pac-12 2
3 Kansas Big 12 2
3 Indiana Big Ten 2
3 Michigan Big Ten 2
3 Maryland Big Ten 2
3 Nevada-Las Vegas Mountain West 2
3 Louisiana State Southeastern 2
3 Georgetown Big East 2
3 Utah Pac-12 2
3 Houston American Athletic Conference 2
3 Cincinnati American Athletic Conference 2
3 Purdue Big Ten 2
3 Kansas State Big 12 2
3 West Virginia Big 12 2
3 Texas-El Paso Conference USA 2
3 Duquesne Atlantic 10 2

Having North Carolina second in overall picks, and Duke with the most No. 1 picks, should clue you in to which conference reigns supreme in the NBA Draft.

Through 2019, the Atlantic Coast Conference has had an impressive 268 players drafted in the first round, approximately 20 percent of all Division I players drafted. The Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC are right behind the ACC.

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