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LANE | Locals Prominent in NBA Draft

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you needed any confirmation that this area has produced some especially good college basketball of late, you got it during Thursday night's NBA draft.  

Six of the first fourteen picks and seven of the first sixteen had Kentucky ties, including a record-tying four UK Wildcats in the first round and six overall. 

Louisville native D'Angelo Russell, a Freshman from Ohio State was the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers.  Russell played his Freshman year at Central High School before heading to Montverde Academy in Florida.

Murray State had its highest selection with point guard Cameron Payne at number fourteen to Oklahoma City. 

U of L had Terry Rozier go surprisingly high at number 16 to Boston and Montrezl Harrell go surprisingly low with the 32nd pick to Houston. An emotional Harrell watched his stock drop at a party with family and friends in North Carolina, but said he has beaten the odds before and will do so again.    

Here's a look at where those with local ties ended up including a pair who didn't get drafted:

1. Karl-Anthony Towns-UK Fr.                Minnesota
2. D'Angelo Russell-OSU Fr.                  L.A. Lakers
6. Willie Cauley-Stein-UK Jr.                    Sacramento
12. Trey Lyles-UK Fr.                                Utah
13. Devin Booker-UK Fr                           Phoenix
14. Cameron Payne-Murray St. Soph.   Oklahoma City
16. Terry Rozier-U of L Soph.                  Boston
32. Montrezl Harrell-U of L Jr.                  Houston
44. Andrew Harrison-UK Jr.                      Memphis (trade)
48. Dakari Johnson-UK Soph.                  Oklahoma City
      Aaron Harrison-UK Jr.                          Charlotte (free agent)
      Wayne Blackshear-U of L Sr.              San Antonio (free agent)           

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