Picked every NBA Draft tour in Kentucky basketball history

TyTy Washington in Kentucky celebrates making three pointers against Vanderbilt during the SEC Championship on March 11th.

TyTy Washington in Kentucky celebrates making three pointers against Vanderbilt during the SEC Championship on March 11th.

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2022 NBA Draft Coverage

A pair of Kentucky basketball players – Sheldon Sharp and Ty Washington – were expected to be selected in the 2022 NBA Draft. Click below for Lexington Herald-Leader coverage of Thursday night’s event.


The pair of Kentucky Basketball team selected for the 2022 NBA Draft Thursday night kept the program in the lead all-time for first-round selections.

Shaydon Sharp was first off the board in seventh for the Portland Trail Blazers, followed by Ty Washington in 29th to the Houston Rockets by trading with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kentucky now has 57 all-time picks in the first round, 34 of which have been drafted under current coach John Calipari.

North Carolina, 53, closed in 2022 and is now tied to the Duke after the Blue Devils had four picks.

UCLA (40) and Kansas (35) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Alex Groza, chosen by the Indianapolis Olympians as runner-up in 1949, was the first British player elected in the first round of the NBA draft, which began in 1947 when the league was known as the NBA.

The Pro Basketball Reference gives Kentucky 57 first-round picks, but three of those players – LeRon Ellis, Chris Mills and Rodrick Rhodes – have not completed their college basketball careers in the UK and are not recognized by the school or the NCAA.

Here every UK player is selected in the first round, starting with the last draft.

2022

Sheldon Sharp, Portland Trail Blazers (7th pick)

Ty Washington, Houston Rockets (29th pick via Memphis Grizzlies)

2021

Isaiah Jackson, Indiana Pacers (22nd pick via Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards)

2020

Therese Maxi, Philadelphia 76ers (21st Choice)

Emmanuel Quikley, New York Knicks (25th pick via Oklahoma City Thunder)

2019

PJ Washington, Charlotte Hornets (12th Choice)

Tyler Hero, Miami Heat (13th Choice)

Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs (29th Choice)

2018

Kevin Knox, New York Knicks (9th pick)

Shay Gilgus Alexander, Charlotte Hornets (11th pick)

2017

D’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings (5th choice)

Monk’s owner, Charlotte Hornets (Eleventh Choice)

Pam Adebayo, Miami Heat (14th pick)

2016

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (7th pick)

Skull Lapiseur, Phoenix Suns (28th Choice)

2015

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (1st pick)

Willie Collie Stein, Sacramento Kings (6th pick)

Tree Lyles, Utah Jazz (12th choice)

Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns (13th pick)

2014

Julius Rundle, Los Angeles Lakers (7th pick)

James Young, Boston Celtics (17th selection)

2013

Nerlence Noel, New Orleans Pelicans (6th selection)

Archie Goodwin, Oklahoma City Thunder (29th pick)

2012

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets (1st pick)

Michael Kidd Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats (2nd choice)

Terence Jones, Houston Rockets (18th pick)

Marquis Teague, Chicago Bulls (29th Choice)

2011

Anais Kanter, Utah Jazz (3rd choice)

Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons (8th pick)

2010

John Wall, Washington Wizards (1st choice)

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (5th choice)

Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets (14th pick)

Eric Bledsoe, Oklahoma City Thunder (18th pick)

Daniel Orton, Orlando Magic (29th Choice)

2006

Rajon Rondo, Phoenix Suns (21st Choice)

2002

Taishawon Prince, Detroit Pistons (23rd pick)

2000

Jamal Magloire, Charlotte Hornets (19th Choice)

1999

Scott Padgett, Utah Jazz (28th Choice)

1998

Nasr Muhammad, Utah Jazz (29th Choice)

1997

Ron Mercer, Boston Celtics (6th pick)

Derek Anderson, Cleveland Cavaliers (13th pick)

1996

Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics (6th pick)

Tony Delek and Charlotte Hornets (16th choice)

Walter McCarty, New York Knicks (19th choice)

1993

Jamal Mashburn, Dallas Mavericks (4th pick)

1988

Rex Chapman, Charlotte Hornets (8th pick)

1986

Kenny Walker, New York Knicks (5th choice)

1984

Sam Boy, Portland Trail Blazers (2nd pick)

Melvin Turpin, Washington Bullets (6th selection)

1979

Kyle Macy and Phoenix Suns (22nd Choice)

1978

Rick Ruby, Indiana Pacers (3rd pick)

Jack Givens, Atlanta Hawks (16th Choice)

1975

Kevin Grevey, Washington Billits (18th choice)

1967

Pat Riley, San Diego Rockets (7th pick)

1953

Frank Ramsey, Boston Celtics (5th pick)

1949

Alex Groza, Indianapolis Olympian (2nd choice)

Wah Wah Jones, Washington Capitols (8th pick)

Dennis Varney is associate sports editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. He is a native of Pike County and western Kentucky. He has also worked for the Times of Northwest Indiana, the Seattle Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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