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Sunday / September 22.
  • ACC leads the way with 13 NBA Draft picks, including six lottery picks; SEC, Pac-12 next in line

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The ACC made history Thursday night by seeing 13 players get drafted including a record six in the lottery.

    The SEC and Pac-12 each had 12 players chosen.

    Duke and North Carolina each had three players chosen in the first round, with Duke becoming just the second program ever to see three guys taken in the first 10 picks after Florida in 2007.

    North Carolina also had three players chosen in the first round, while reigning NCAA champion Virginia had two. Virginia Tech and Florida State each had one player chosen.

    The six lottery picks by the ACC is the most ever by one conference:

    No. 1 – Zion Williamson (Duke) – New Orleans

    No. 3 – R.J. Barrett (Duke) – Knicks

    No. 4 – De’Andre Hunter (UVA) – Atlanta

    No. 7 – Coby White (UNC) – Chicago

    No. 10 – Cam Reddish (Duke) – Atlanta

    No. 11 – Cam Johnson (UNC) – Phoenix

    Other first-round picks:

    No. 17 – Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech, Brooklyn Nets       

    No. 24   Ty Jerome, Virginia    Philadelphia 76ers       

    No. 25   Nassir Little, North Carolina, Portland Trailblazers       

    No. 27   Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State, Brooklyn Nets        

    No. 48   Terance Mann, Florida State, Los Angeles Clippers       

    No. 55   Kyle Guy, Virginia, New York Knicks       

    No. 59   Dewan Hernandez, Miami Toronto Raptors

    SELECTIONS BY CONFERENCE
    1. ACC – 13 – 10 first round
    2. SEC – 12 – 6 first round
    3. Pac-12 – 6 – 2 first round
        Big Ten – 6 – 2 first round
    5. Big 12 – 4 – 2 first round
    6. Mountain West – 3 – 0 first round
    7. Colonial – 2 – 0 first round
        Ohio Valley – 2 – 2 first round
        West Coast – 2 – 2 first round
    10. Big East – 1 – 0 first round
          Ivy League – 1 – 0 first round 

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.