Best Big 12 Player Drafted #12: Nick Collison, Kansas Jayhawks, by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2003.
Collison has been far from a superstar in the NBA, though in 2007-08 he nearl averaged a double-double, putting up 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in the last year the Sonics inhabited Seattle. His career numbers are modest, though, with a 7.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg average.
Best Non-Big 12 Player Drafted 12th: Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2007.
Young was a guy who would have jumped straight to the NBA from high school, had it not been for the cockamamie age limit restrictions. One of the most prized recruits in the class of 2006, Young was ranked just below the likes of Greg Oden, Kevin Durant and Brandan Wright. After mostly riding the pine his rookie year in the NBA, he has blossomed into a scorer, averaging double-digit points per game his last three seasons.
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.