This month’s NBA Draft will mark the 10th year under rules where high school prospects must be one year removed from high school to enter the draft.
And of the 81 one-and-done-ers of this era, perhaps what’s most intriguing is that Kentucky coach John Calipari has coached more of them than anyone else — 18 of them, for a grand total of 22.2 percent of all of those prospects.
Calipari has coached 16 of those in Lexington, and the other two (Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans) were coached at Memphis.
Calipari also can boast that he’s coached four No. 1 overall selections, more than any other coach in history, and every one of his one-and-dones were selected in the first round. Here’s a list of those 18 players.
Karl-Anthony Towns, No. 1 overall, 2015
Devon Booker, No. 12 overall, 2015
Trey Lyles, No. 13 overall, 2015
Julius Randle, No. 7 overall, 2014
James Young, No. 17 overall, 2014
Nerlens Noel, No. 6 overall, 2013
Archie Goodwin, No. 29 overall, 2013
Anthony Davis, No. 1 overall, 2012
Michael Kidd Gilchrist, No. 2 overall, 2012
Marquis Teague, No. 29 overall, 2012
Enes Kanter, No. 3 overall, 2011
Brandon Knight, No. 8 overall, 2011
John Wall, No. 1 overall, 2010
DeMarcus Cousins, No. 5 overall, 2010
Eric Bledsoe, No. 18 overall, 2010
Daniel Orton, No. 29 overall, 2010
Tyreke Evans, No. 4 overall, 2009
Derrick Rose, No. 1 overall, 2008