By Rick Bozich
WDRB Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — One final look at the 2018 NBA Draft by the numbers — before I proceed directly to the first 2019 mock draft. Don't doubt me.

223 — The Class of 2017 composite 247Sports recruiting ranking of Zhaire Smith, the Texas Tech wing who was traded to Philadelphia by Phoenix after the Suns grabbed him with the No. 16 pick.

From 3-star recruit to a projected rookie deal worth about $5.79 million.

According 247, Smith was the fourth-best Smith in the class, trailing Justin (Indiana, No. 80); Mark (No. 147, Illinois) and Chris (No. 145, UCLA).

Apparently Zhaire and Tech coach Chris Beard disregarded that memo.

(Flip side: Duke point guard Trevon Duval was the highest ranked player -- No. 6 -- from the 2017 class to go undrafted. Is that on Coach K?)

4 — Number of NCAA Tournament victories delivered last season by the first five college players selected.

Marvin Bagley won three games at Duke. Jaren Jackson won one at Michigan State.

DeAndre Ayton (Arizona), Mo Bamba (Texas) and Trae Young (Oklahoma) whiffed. Somebody noticed. 

 220 — Voltage of enthusiasm that former Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell showed while embracing the news that Grayson Allen would make the trip from Durham to Salt Lake City to join him with the Utah Jazz.


How long before somebody gets those two long-time buddies to autograph a snapshot of that scene from the north end of the Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center.

4:47 — The time this morning when Ricky Rubio, Mitchell’s teammate in Utah last season, finally saw the clip of the Mitchell-Allen love-in from the 2017 season.

0.0000005 — Percentage of people who understood what ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups was trying to explain when he made one of his 60 dazzling player comparisons.

2 -- Programs with three first-round picks. That would be Villanova (Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman) and Duke (Bagley, Wendell Carter and Allen).

One won a national championship. The other did not.

8 — Programs with two or more players selected: Kentucky, Duke Villanova (4); Michigan State, USC, Miami, Kansas and UCLA (2).

150 — Percentage of general managers and coaches who rallied their fan bases with the news that the guy they drafted was The Guy they have pursued from Day One.

10 — Players drafted from Atlantic Coast Conference schools, tops in the draft. Make it six first-rounders and four second-rounders.

The Big Ten finished runner-up with eight overall, four in each round, followed by the Southeastern and Pac-12, seven each.

1 — Dreadful questions asked to former Michigan State star Miles Bridges about his college experience at Kentucky.

.0000017 — Number of players categorized as a reach, stretch or outright illogical pick by the ESPN coverage team, even though sources say the first round is generally packed with guys like Jimmer Fredette, Nik Stauskas, James Young, Anthony Bennett, Alex Len, Trey Burke, Thomas Robinson, Kendall Marshall and Jared Sullinger every year.

The problem with the draft is that eventually these guys must also play in games.

2 — Minimum number of alternative players New York Knicks fans preferred over former Kentucky wing Kevin Knox with the ninth overall pick. Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri and Miles Bridges of Michigan State were the two the New York Post mentioned on its back page this morning.

70 — Percentage of players taken from the Power Six conferences — ACC, Big 10, SEC, Pac-12, Big 12 and Big East -- 42 of the 60 guys selected.

Parity, schmarity. NBA teams will find you wherever you play, but the big exposure leagues are more likely to get you drafted where you want to be drafted.

0 — Number of players selected from North Carolina, Indiana, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Gonzaga, a jarring whiff for programs that have sparkling practice gyms, charter flights and the other bells and whistles of the modern college game.

0 — Number of players drafted from Conference USA programs.

30,000 — Number of retweets of Joel Embiid’s dig at No. 1 pick DeAndre Ayton, making it the most retweeted moment of the draft, according to Austin Karp of SportsBusinessDaily.

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