Kansas Basketball Notes for the 2011 NBA Draft

June 22, 2011

Kansas Basketball 2011 NBA Draft Notes

  • Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self will be in the “Green Room” at the NBA Draft with the Morris twins – Marcus and Markieff.
  • Since 1990 Kansas has had 24 players drafted in the NBA (16 in the first round, eight in the second).
  • In total, Kansas has had 71 players drafted in the NBA since 1947, the fourth-most all-time.
  • During his tenure at Kansas, Head Coach Bill Self has had nine players selected in the NBA Draft, third most among active coaches over the past eight years.
  • Since the genesis of the current lottery system in 1990, Kansas has had eight players selected as lottery picks, including four since 2007.
  • The 2010 Draft marked the third time in the current lottery system that two players from Kansas were selected as lottery picks (1998 – Raef LaFrentz [3rd] and Paul Pierce [10th], 2003 – Kirk Hinrich [7th] and Nick Collison [12th], 2010 – Cole Aldrich [11th] and Xavier Henry [12th]).
  • In the 2008 Draft, Kansas tied Connecticut and Florida with a record five players drafted in two rounds (Brandon Rush, Darrell Aurthur, Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun).
  • Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996, Kansas has a league-leading 14 NBA draft picks.
  • Since 2001, Kansas has had 13 players drafted, one behind Connecticut and North Carolina who are tied for the most with 14.
  • The 2010 Draft marked the fifth time since 1990 that two players from Kansas were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
  • Danny Manning is the only Jayhawk to be drafted with the number one overall pick, selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1988 Draft.
  • Draftees by Kansas Coaches: Phog Allen – 7, Dick Harp – 6, Ted Owens – 26, Larry Brown – 8, Roy Williams – 15, Bill Self – 9.
  • The Boston Celtics have selected seven players from Kansas since 1953, the most of any NBA team.

Potential Kansas 2011 Draftees

Marcus Morris

  • Led Kansas in scoring 20 times in 2010-11. A consensus second-team All-American who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 Big 12 Championship.
  • Marcus led Kansas with 17.2 points per game.
  • Marcus was named the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team by the league coaches.
  • Marcus finished second in the Big 12 Conference in shooting percentage at 57.0 percent, which ranked 21st nationally.
  • Marcus had 12 games with 20-plus points, 10 double-doubles and his 7.6 rebounds per game were second on the team.
  • He led KU in every statistical category at least once in 2010-11.
  • During the 2010-11 season, Marcus was named the Big 12 Player of the Week three times (Nov. 29, Jan. 17 and Feb. 14), a Wooden Award Finalist March 13, a Naismith Mid-Season candidate Feb. 11 and an Oscar Robertson Award finalist Feb. 28.
Markieff Morris

  • Led the Big 12 in field goal percentage (58.9) and rebounding at 8.3 boards per game.
  • His field goal percentage ranked 12th nationally.
  • Markieff joined his twin brother, Marcus, on the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team.
  • Markieff scored 13.6 points per game overall this season.
  • An All-Big 12 Second Team selection, Markieff also led the conference in double-doubles with 13.
  • He had 15 games with double-figure rebounds. Named Big 12 Player of the Week on Dec. 27, Markieff led KU in rebounding in 18 of 38 games this season.
Josh Selby

  • Scored in double figures in nine of 26 games played in 2010-11.
  • Selby averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest.
  • He was a two-time Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Jan. 31 and Dec. 20).
Brady Morningstar

  • Led the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.8 in all games and he was tops in the same stat in conference games at 4.4.
  • His 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 10th nationally.
  • Morningstar was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team March 6.
  • Morningstar averaged 3.3 assists per game, which was 10th in the Big 12.
  • Morningstar, who graduated in May 2010, scored 7.1 points per game for the season and was second on the team with 55 steals, one behind Tyrel Reed.
  • A 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team selection, Morningstar averaged 1.4 steals per game, which was ninth in the league.
  • In his five-year career KU, Kansas went 165-22 for an incredible 88.2 winning percentage.
Tyrel Reed

  • Reed is the winningest player in KU history with a 132-17 record.
  • He was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and was KU’s third-leading scorer with a 9.7 points per contest average.
  • An outstanding student, he was named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team on Feb. 22.
  • He was also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection.
  • Reed led Kansas with 72 threes made this season and made multiple threes in 23 games.
  • Reed also led KU with 56 steals.
  • He is the only Jayhawk that started every game in 2010-11 and he also led the team with an 80.0 percent free throw percentage.
  • Reed was one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. He graduated from KU in December 2010 and was accepted into KU Medicine’s physical therapy school.
Mario Little

  • Came to Kansas in 2009 from Chipola [Fla.] Community College as the No. 1 ranked junior college player in the country.
  • Averaged 13.7 minutes, 5.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and shot 48.1 percent from the field during the 2010-11 season.
  • Little had three games of double-figure scoring in his senior season.
  • He graduated from Kansas in May with a degree in African and African American studies.