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As someone who prides himself on helping young men reach their dreams, John Calipari has helped 42 players get selected in the NBA Draft during his college coaching career, including 31 over his first eight seasons at Kentucky.

He is the only coach who has coached four No. 1 overall selections (Derrick Rose, John Wall, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns), the only coach to have five first-round selections in the same NBA Draft (2010) and the only coach to have six players taken in one NBA Draft in the modern two-round era (2012 and 2015).

When Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went 1-2 in the 2012 NBA Draft, Calipari became the first coach of any of the three major American sports to have the top two players in the same draft.

“The Kentucky Effect is there and it’s real,” Coach Cal said. “Senator Mitch McConnell has said to me, ‘You’re creating more millionaires than a Wall Street firm,’ and I went, wow, we are.”

All Players

2018
Kevin Knox
Kevin Knox
New York Knicks
Drafted by Knicks #9
2018
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
S. Gilgeous-Alexander
Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted by Hornets #11
2018
Jarred Vanderbilt
Jarred Vanderbilt
Denver Nuggets
Drafted by Magic #41
2018
Hamidou Diallo
Hamidou Diallo
Oklahoma City Thunder
Drafted by Nets #41
2017
De'Aaron Fox
De'Aaron Fox
Sacramento Kings
Drafted by Kings #5
2017
Malik Monk
Malik Monk
Charlotte Hornets
Drafted by Hornets #11
2017
Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo
Miami Heat
Drafted by Heat #14
2016
Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
Denver Nuggets
Drafted by Nuggets #6
2016
Skal Labissiere
Skal Labissiere
Sacramento Kings
Drafted by Suns #28
2016
Tyler Ulis
Tyler Ulis
Windy City Bulls (G League)
Drafted by Suns #34
2016
Alex Poythress
Alex Poythress
Atlanta Hawks
Undrafted #--
2015
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves
Drafted by Timberwolves #1
2015
Willie Cauley-Stein
Willie Cauley-Stein
Sacramento Kings
Drafted by Kings #6
2015
Trey Lyles
Trey Lyles
Denver Nuggets
Drafted by Jazz #12
2015
Devin Booker
Devin Booker
Phoenix Suns
Drafted by Suns #13
2015
Andrew Harrison
Andrew Harrison
Memphis Grizzlies
Drafted by Suns #44
2015
Dakari Johnson
Dakari Johnson
Qingdao Eagles (China)
Drafted by Thunder #48
2015
Aaron Harrison
Aaron Harrison
Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: #--
2014
Julius Randle
Julius Randle
Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: #7
2014
James Young
James Young
Free Agent
Drafted: #17
2013
Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel
Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: #6
2013
Archie Goodwin
Archie Goodwin
NBA G League
Drafted: #29
2012
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: #1
2012
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Charlotte Hornets
Drafted: #2
2012
Terrence Jones
Terrence Jones
NBA G League
Drafted: #18
2012
Marquis Teague
Marquis Teague
Free Agent
Drafted: #29
2012
Doron Lamb
Doron Lamb
Overseas
Drafted: #42
2012
Darius Miller
Darius Miller
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: #46
2011
Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter
New York Knicks
Drafted: #3
2011
Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight
Phoenix Suns
Drafted: #8
2011
Josh Harrellson
Josh Harrellson
Overseas
Drafted: #45
2011
Deandre Liggins
DeAndre Liggins
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: #53
2010
John Wall
John Wall
Washington Wizards
Drafted: #1
2010
Demarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: #5
2010
Patrick Patterson
Patrick Patterson
Oklahoma City Thunder
Drafted: #14
2010
Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe
Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: #18
2010
Daniel Orton
Daniel Orton
Overseas
Drafted: #29
2009
Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans
Memphis Grizzlies
Drafted: #4
2009
Robert Dozier
Robert Dozier
Overseas
Drafted: #60
2008
Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose
Minnesota Timberwolves
Drafted: #1
2008
Joey Dorsey
Joey Dorsey
Overseas
Drafted: #33
2008
Chris Douglas-Roberts
Chris Douglas-Roberts
Retired
Drafted: #40
2006
Rodney Carney
Rodney Carney
Overseas
Drafted: #16
2006
Shawne Williams
Shawne Williams
NBA G League
Drafted: #17
2004
Antonio Burks
Antonio Burks
Retired
Drafted: #37
2003
Earl Barron
Earl Barron
Retired
Drafted: #--
2002
Dajuan Wagner
Dajuan Wagner
Retired
Drafted: #6
1996
Marcus Camby
Marcus Camby
Retired
Drafted: #2
1995
Lou Roe
Lou Roe
Retired
Drafted: #30

Draft Year - 1995

1995
Lou Roe
Lou Roe
Retired
Drafted: #30

Draft Year - 1996

1996
Marcus Camby
Marcus Camby
Retired
Drafted: #2

Draft Year - 2002

2002
Dajuan Wagner
Dajuan Wagner
Retired
Drafted: #6

Draft Year - 2003

2003
Earl Barron
Earl Barron
Overseas
Drafted: #--

Draft Year - 2004

2004
Antonio Burks
Antonio Burks
Retired
Drafted: #37

Draft Year - 2006

2006
Rodney Carney
Rodney Carney
Overseas
Drafted: #16
2006
Shawne Williams
Shawne Williams
Free Agent
Drafted: #17

Draft Year - 2008

2008
Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose
Cleveland Cavaliers
Drafted: #1
2008
Joey Dorsey
Joey Dorsey
Overseas
Drafted: #33
2008
Chris Douglas-Roberts
Chris Douglas-Roberts
Free Agent
Drafted: #40

Draft Year - 2009

2009
Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans
Memphis Grizzlies
Drafted: #4
2009
Robert Dozier
Robert Dozier
Overseas
Drafted: #60

Draft Year - 2010

2010
John Wall
John Wall
Washington Wizards
Drafted: #1
2010
Demarcus Cousins
Demarcus Cousins
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: #5
2010
Patrick Patterson
Patrick Patterson
Oklahoma City Thunder
Drafted: #14
2010
Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe
Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: #18
2010
Daniel Orton
Daniel Orton
Overseas
Drafted: #29

Draft Year - 2011

2011
Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter
New York Knicks
Drafted: #3
2011
Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight
Phoenix Suns
Drafted: #8
2011
Josh Harrellson
Josh Harrellson
Overseas
Drafted: #45
2011
Deandre Liggins
DeAndre Liggins
Milwaukee Bucks
Drafted: #53

Draft Year - 2012

2012
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: #1
2012
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Charlotte Hornets
Drafted: #2
2012
Terrence Jones
Terrence Jones
Overseas
Drafted: #18
2012
Marquis Teague
Marquis Teague
NBA G League
Drafted: #29
2012
Doron Lamb
Doron Lamb
Overseas
Drafted: #42
2012
Darius Miller
Darius Miller
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted: #46

Draft Year - 2013

2013
Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel
Dallas Mavericks
Drafted: #6
2013
Archie Goodwin
Archie Goodwin
Free Agent
Drafted: #29

Draft Year - 2014

2014
Julius Randle
Julius Randle
Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted: #7
2014
James Young
James Young
Free Agent
Drafted: #17

Draft Year - 2015

2015
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves
Drafted: #1
2015
Willie Cauley-Stein
Willie Cauley-Stein
Sacramento Kings
Drafted: #6
2015
Trey Lyles
Trey Lyles
Denver Nuggets
Drafted: #12
2015
Devin Booker
Devin Booker
Phoenix Suns
Drafted: #13
2015
Andrew Harrison
Andrew Harrison
Memphis Grizzlies
Drafted: #44
2015
Dakari Johnson
Dakari Johnson
Oklahoma City Thunder
Drafted: #48
2015
Aaron Harrison
Aaron Harrison
NBA G League
Drafted: #--

Draft Year - 2016

2016
Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
Denver Nuggets
Drafted: #6
2016
Skal Labissiere
Skal Labissiere
Sacramento Kings
Drafted: #28
2016
Tyler Ulis
Tyler Ulis
Phoenix Suns
Drafted: #34
2016
Alex Poythress
Alex Poythress
Indiana Pacers
Drafted: #--

Draft Year - 2017

2017
De'Aaron Fox
De'Aaron Fox
Sacramento Kings
Drafted: #5
2017
Malik Monk
Malik Monk
Charlotte Hornets
Drafted: #11
2017
Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo
Miami Heat
Drafted: #14

Draft Year - 2018

2018
Kevin Knox
Kevin Knox
New York Knicks
Drafted by Knicks #9
2018
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
S. Gilgeous-Alexander
Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted by Hornets #11
2018
Jarred Vanderbilt
Jarred Vanderbilt
Denver Nuggets
Drafted by Magic #41
2018
Hamidou Diallo
Hamidou Diallo
Oklahoma City Thunder
Drafted by Nets #41