Two Big 12 players – Myles Turner and Kelly Oubre Jr. – were chosen in the 2015 NBA Draft. Turner was taken No. 11 overall by the Indiana Pacers. Oubre Jr. followed at No. 15 to the Atlanta Hawks, and was later traded to the Washington Wizards.
Turner is the first Longhorn to be selected in the NBA Draft since Tristan Thompson went No. 4 overall in 2011. Three UT players went in the first round that year, with Turner becoming the ninth first-round choice overall from Texas since the Big 12 began competition in 1996-97.
Oubre gives the Jayhawks a first-round choice for the sixth straight year. His selection also marks the 19th draftee of the Bill Self era at KU.
This year’s draft is the 18th time in 19 seasons the Big 12 has had at least one first-round choice. This marks the 10th consecutive year that at least one Big 12 student-athlete was taken in the NBA Draft lottery as one of the top 14 picks. Overall, 51 players have been chosen in the last eight drafts. A total of 98 players from the Big 12 have been selected since the first league season in 1996-97.
KU has now had a total of 28 players chosen since the Big 12 began play, more than any other league school. The Texas Longhorns are next among current members with 17 draftees, followed by Iowa State and Oklahoma State with eight each. Oklahoma (7), Baylor (7), Texas Tech (3) and Kansas State (2) round out the Big 12 team draft totals.