Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Duke Will Add to All-Time Lottery Picks Lead on Thursday
According to this list released by Duke, the Blue Devils have had more total lottery picks than any other school in history.
Duke (21) leads Kentucky (19) and North Carolina (18).
The Blue Devils figure to add to that list Thursday with both Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard invited to the Green Room and expected to go in the lottery. DraftExpress.com currently has Tatum going No. 3 to Boston and Kennard No. 12 to Detroit.
Assuming both De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk of Kentucky also go in the lottery, Duke will lead Kentucky 23-21 after Thursday. Fox is currently projected at No. 5 to Sacramento, with Monk at No. 8 to the Knicks.
Looking ahead to 2018, Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. and Trevon Duval are both projected as lottery picks, while Grayson Allen is projected in the first round, per DraftExpress. Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards are currently projected as first-round picks, while Kevin Knox could also end up being in the mix.
Most Total Lottery Picks, All Time (via Duke)
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.