NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It's been more than 15 years since Vanderbilt or Tennessee produced an NBA player who has stuck in the league for a significant period of time, even though both schools have had several All-Americans and All-SEC players.
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt's all-time leading scorer and the 2008 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, told The Tennesseean it's extremely hard to make it to an NBA roster.
The 6-foot-6, 205 pound sharp-shooting forward was picked by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of last year's draft. But he had his rights optioned to a team in the Italian league after a brief stint in the NBA's summer league.
Nationwide the odds against making it in the league are daunting. There are more than 5,200 Division I college basketball players but just 360 active roster spots on NBA teams.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com