“Wow, what a night,” Calipari said. “We’ve been doing this a while now but this will never get old for me and I hope it doesn’t for our fans. This is graduation night for our program. My stomach was in knots all night waiting to hear our guys’ names called, but there is nothing better than seeing the overwhelming emotions come over our players and families when their dreams come true.
“I always believe our guys should go higher but they all ended up with great organizations,” Calipari said. “After all, there’s no crying on the yacht when you get three guys in the lottery. I wish we would have had more guys get selected but I’m confident Isaiah (Briscoe), Isaac (Humphries), Derek (Willis), Dom (Hawkins) and Mychal (Mulder) will all get their shot. I’m proud of all of them and know they will all keep chasing their dreams.”UNC’s Justin Jackson just missed the lottery, going No. 15 to the Kings after a trade with Portland. Kansas’ Josh Jackson was the school’s 17th lottery pick at No. 4 to the Phoenix Suns, while Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen became his school’s 14th when he went No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls 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) Duke -23