Big 12 NBA Draft History: With the 50th Overall Pick...

Best Big 12 Player Drafted #50: Venson Hamilton, Nebraska Cornhuskers, by the Houston Rockets in 1999.
What's more impressive:

  1. Hamilton was the Big 12 Player of the Year in 1998-99
  2. Hamilton is the Husker career record holder in blocked shots and rebounds
  3. Hamilton now plays professionally in... the Canary Islands
  4. According to Wikipedia "Venson was also able to display his talents as a leading player of the arcade game 'X-Men vs. Street Fighter' inside of the City Campus Student Union during his college career."

I think we all know the answer...

Other Notable Big 12 Players Drafted 50th: None.

Best Non-Big 12 Player Drafted 50th: Ryan Gomes, Providence Friars, by the Boston Celtics in 2005.
Despite having played three teams over his six year career, Gomes is more than serviceable, averaging over 10 points per game, and having started 369 of the 450 games he's played in.  

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.

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