Best Big 12 Player Drafted #56: Sasha Kaun, Kansas Jayhawks, by the Seattle Supersonics in 2008
Bar trivia bound to earn you a free pint: Kaun was the last draft pick in the history of the Sonics. A less interesting fact, the 7-foot Russian returned to his homeland where he is now playing professionally.
Best Non-Big 12 Player Drafted 56th: Luis Scola, TAU Cerámica (Spain), by the San Antonio Spurs in 2002.
Despite playing the type of Euroball I hate, Scola is the type of guy you'd want on your team. Through his first four years in the league, after his rights were traded to the Houston Rockets, the long hair is averaging 14.3 points per game for his career and is coming off a season where he scored over 18 a night.
In preparation for the 2011 NBA Draft, each day until June 23 we'll count down the best Big 12 player drafted with each pick. This list only takes into account players who played in the Big 12, so it starts with the 1997 draft. In total 70 Big 12 alumni have been selected, filling 43 of the 60 possible slots.