The league projects to have seven players selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft, one of the top totals among Division I conferences. That figure tops the league’s average of 6.1 draftees per season for the past seven years, although the Big 12 has had nine or more players selected in the same draft three times since 2008.
Based on Wednesday’s updated mock drafts, Kansas forward Josh Jackson projects to be taken among the top four picks with Texas center Jarrett Allen and Baylor forward Johnathan Motley also among players headed to the next level.
Jackson, a consensus top-four pick in the estimation of NBA scouts, joins Allen among the projected first-round selections. Allen, 6-foot-11, was projected Wednesday to go to Chicago with the No. 16 overall pick by both draftexpress.com and NBAdraft.net. Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans and Kansas State shooting guard Wesley Iwundu are projected as first-round picks by NBAdraft.net but not by draftexpress.com.
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Other prospects from the Big 12 expected to be selected in Thursday’s two-round draft include Kansas point guard Frank Mason and Iowa State point guard Monte Morris. Motley, a power forward from Baylor, projects to be taken early in the second round.
As a league, the Big 12 has had 24 first-round picks in the last seven years, with two top overall selections: Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins (2014) and Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin (2009).