Big 12 players expected to go early in draft

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Some mock drafts have had as many as six players being selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. The Big 12 record for players chosen in the first round was last year, when players were among the first 25 picks.

Six first-round selections this year would give the Big 12 a total of 13 the past two seasons. The best two-year total of first-round picks is nine, established in 2009-10 and 1997-98.

The Big 12 record for total selections (first and second rounds) is 10, set in 2010 and 2008.

The Big 12 has had a player selected among the top six picks each of the past five seasons.

Assuming the league has a first-round pick this year, the Big 12 will have had at least one first-round draft choice in 14 of 15 seasons. With at least one top 10 draftee this year, there will have been at least one athlete among the top 10 overall selections in 11 of 15 seasons.

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The Big 12 has had at least four players drafted in each of the past seven years. Overall, there have been 10 times in the 14-year draft history of the Big 12 that at least four athletes have been chosen.

The Big 12 has had 24 players drafted in the last three years (2008, '09, '10).

There have been 71 players from the Big 12 have been selected since the first season in 1996-97. A total of 66 of those athletes (93 percent) have been from the 10 teams that will compete in the Big 12 in 2011-12 and beyond.

Kansas has had the most selected with 18 in the past 14 years. Texas is next with 13 picks, followed by Iowa State (7), Oklahoma (7), Missouri (5), Oklahoma State (5), Texas A&M (4), Colorado (3), Texas Tech (3), Baylor (2), Kansas State (2) and Nebraska (2).