Best Big 12 Player Drafted #20: Kareem Rush, Missouri Tigers, by the Toronto Raptors in 2002.
Funny the things you remember. In 2002 I was living in a house with no cable, so I "had" to go to the local watering hole to watch the draft. I remember having a big morning planned the following day and figured Rush would get drafted in the lottery and I'd be on my way after a beer. Well, as David Stern made the picks and Rush's name wasn't called, I started getting nervous and ended up having a few too many that evening. The next day I bombed my presentation. At first I felt for Rush, but now he is now doing what he loves
Best Non-Big 12 Player Drafted 20th: Brendan Haywood, North Carolina Tar Heels, by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001.
The 7-footer has had a serviceable NBA career, culminating in 2009-10 when he averaged 9.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Though never an All-Star, most teams would love to have a guy like him on their roster
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.