***NOTE: No Big 12 player has gone 14th overall***
Best Big 12 Player Drafted #13: Brandon Rush, Kansas Jayhawks, by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2008.
Rush caused a stir coming out of high school where the two final schools on his list were Kansas - arch rivals to his brother Kareem's Missouri Tigers - and USC - arch rivals to his brother Jaron's UCLA Bruins. But besides being the third Rush to play major Division 1 basketball, Rush made a name for himself at KU, culminating with a national championship in 2008. In the NBA, the youngest Rush has also had the most impact, though his 8.9 career point per game average in anything but the stuff legends are made of.
Best Non-Big 12 Player Drafted 13th: Corey Maggette, Duke Blue Devils, by the Seattle SuperSonics in 1999.
There have been some great names drafted 13th overall: Tyler Hansbrough, Sebastian Telfair, Derek Anderson, but Maggette has had the best NBA career of them all. With a career 16.2 ppg average, Maggette is consistently putting up great numbers, highlighted by three seasons where he averaged over 20 ppg.
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.
Who's the better Big 12 representative of the 13th pick?
Brandon Rush (26 votes)
Julian Wright (1 vote)
27 total votes