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Top NBA Draft Picks from Nebraska | Student sports

Every summer the National Basketball Association annual project sheds light on the best college and international players aspiring to turn pros, and gives pro teams the opportunity to improve their roster by attracting young talent and strengthening the key offensive and defensive skills needed to achieve a winning record. The draft is currently a two-round draft, and players who qualify must either be college graduates or declare their intention to waive further college eligibility (in the case of junior high) in order to enter. International players aged at least 22 may also qualify, while those younger must adhere to the junior classes’ rule of claiming eligibility.

The organization and rulemaking of the NBA draft has changed somewhat since the process began in 1947; the most significant change in recent years occurred in 2006, when the league decided that students would no longer eligible immediately upon graduation, but must instead wait one year and reach 19 before becoming eligible. This shift in policy development, known as the “rule of the same”, remains controversial; in fact, the league is targeting the 2022 draft as a forum for do away with the rule and lower the eligibility age to 18, allowing high school students to enroll immediately after graduation without requiring a gap of a year.

It is interesting to think that if the same thing came into play earlier, best draft pick how LeBron James (2003) and Dwight Howard (2004) could have instead opted for a college career before turning pro, changing the league landscape during those years away. Yet despite the rule change, the NBA Draft retains its power to change the face of the game and help sick teams turn into championship contenders.

With the next project scheduled for June 23, 2022, Stacker compiled a list of the top NBA draft picks from Nebraska using data from Basketball-Reference.com. Before the 2022 draft class is decided, take a look back at the best players you’ve picked out of the woods in NBA history.

No. 10. Chuck Jura (C)

– Birthplace: Schuyler, Nebraska

– Draft choice: 45th overall pick in 1972.

– Compiled by: Chicago Bulls

– University: Nebraska

– Years in NBA: 0

No. 9. Joe Vogel (C)

– Birthplace: North Platte, Nebraska.

– Draft choice: 45th overall pick in 1996.

– Compiled by: Seattle SuperSonics

– University: Colorado State

– Years in NBA: 0

No. 8. Ron Kellogg (G)

– Born: Omaha, Nebraska

– Draft choice: 42nd overall in 1986.

– Compiled by: Atlanta Hawks

– University: Kansas

– Years in NBA: 0

No. 7. Rich Junkus (F)

– Born: Omaha, Nebraska

– Draft choice: 38th overall pick in 1971.

– Compiled by: Cincinnati Royals

– University: Georgia Institute of Technology

– Years in NBA: 0

No. 6. Hyrie Thomas (SG)

– Born: Omaha, Nebraska

– Draft choice: 38th overall in 2018.

– Compiled by: Philadelphia 76ers

– University: Creighton

– Years in NBA: 3

No. 5. JT Thor (PF)

– Born: Omaha, Nebraska

– Draft pick: 37th overall pick in 2021.

– Compiled by: Detroit Pistons

– University: Auburn

– Years in NBA: 1

No. 4. Rex Walters (SG/PG)

– Born: Omaha, Nebraska

– Draft choice: 16th overall pick in 1993.

– Compiled by: New Jersey Nets

– University: Kansas

– Years in the NBA: 7

Number 3. Justin Patton (C)

– Born: Omaha, Nebraska

– Draft choice: 16th overall pick in 2017.

– Compiled by: Chicago Bulls

– University: Creighton

– Years in the NBA: 4

No. 2. Rich King (K)

– Born: Lincoln, Nebraska

– Draft choice: 14th overall pick in 1991.

– Compiled by: Seattle SuperSonics

– University: Nebraska

– Years in the NBA: 4

No. 1. Bob Boozer (PF/SF)

– Born: Omaha, Nebraska

– Draft choice: #1 overall in 1959.

– Compiled by: Cincinnati Royals

– University: Kansas State

– Years in the NBA: 11

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