Programs that deliver NBA talent By Jay Bilas and Chad Fordhttp://insider.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8864714/jay-bilas-chad-ford-college-basketball-programs-best-producing-nba-players
The discussion: Which college basketball programs are the best at producing NBA-level talent?
1. Kentucky Wildcats
2. Duke Blue Devils
Mike Krzyzewski has had pro after pro coming out of his program for years. I have always found it funny that Krzyzewski was criticized for his failure to produce great pros, while Dean Smith was praised (in part) for producing dominant NBA players such as James Worthy and Michael Jordan, yet at the same time criticized for holding those NBA All-Stars back while they were in college. Krzyzewski has coached one-and-dones such as Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng and Corey Maggette, and has coached big men such as Elton Brand, Carlos Boozer and Miles Plumlee. Right now, no coach has more active NBA players than Krzyzewski. Over the years, he has built teams around the strengths of his best players. When he has better guards, there is more of a perimeter focus. When he has better interior players, there is more of a focus to get the ball inside (as there is this season with Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly).
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
Roy Williams has "produced" pros at Kansas and at North Carolina, and has seen players at every position succeed at the next level. Williams has always had a focus of playing inside-out, and has recruited and used multiple big men, many of whom have gone on to play in the NBA. Like Duke and Kentucky, North Carolina gets high-level recruits with NBA talent, and has effectively worked with that talent to help individual players improve. Last season, Williams had four players drafted when Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Tyler Zeller were all selected in the first round of the NBA draft.