Draft craft: ACC makes history in 2017 NBA Draft

Jayson Tatum of Duke dunks. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The NBA was feeling a draft Thursday, and the winds of change were blowing from the Atlantic coast.

With 10 former players picked in the the first round of the draft, the ACC sets a new record for first round selections by a conference. The previous record was eight set by the ACC in 1995 and the SEC in 2012.

Overall, the ACC tied with the Pac-12 with 14 overall selections, followed by the Big 12 (6), Big Ten (4), SEC (4), American Athletic (3), Big East (3), West Coast (2) and the Horizon (1).

ACC players selected in the first round of 2017 NBA Draft:

3rd pick - Boston - Jayson Tatum, Duke

6th pick - Orlando - Jonathan Isaac, Florida State

9th pick - Dallas - Dennis Smith, Jr., N.C. State

12th pick - Detroit - Luke Kennard, Duke

13th pick - Denver - Donovan Mitchell, Louisville

15th pick - Portland - Justin Jackson, North Carolina

19th pick - Atlanta - John Collins, Wake Forest

20th pick - Portland - Harry Giles, Duke

24th pick - Utah - Tyler Lydon, Syracuse

28th pick - L.A. Lakers - Tony Bradley, North Carolina

ACC players selected in the second round of 2017 NBA Draft:

31st pick - Charlotte - Frank Jackson, Duke

32nd pick - Phoenix - Davon Reed, Miami

40th pick - New Orleans - Dwayne Bacon, Florida State

59th pick - San Antonio - Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

 

The past five years the ACC leads all conferences with 26 first-round drafts picks; the SEC is second with 24 first-round selections, followed by the Pac-12 (20), Big Ten (16), Big East (12) and the Big 12 (11).

Duke led all ACC schools with four players drafted, followed by Florida State and North Carolina with two each. Clemson, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Syracuse and Wake Forest had one each.