BROOKLYN, N.Y. — To match the number of Kentucky players selected Thursday night, here are six takeaways from the 2015 NBA Draft:
■ Kentucky players proved to be well-suited, so to speak, to make history. Until Thursday, no school could boast four draftees within the first 13 selections.
Devin Booker, picked 13th by the Phoenix Suns, made a fashion statement by wearing a Kentucky blue suit.
"I'm kind of a fashion guy," he said. "But, obviously, it's Big Blue Nation.
"This is Kentucky right here," he added as he fingered his lapel. "I owed it to them after this great season that they gave to us. I gave them a little tribute with my suit color."
Incidentally, Booker's middle name is Armani.
"I've actually met Giorgio before," he said. "My dad played for Armani Jeans overseas."
Overall No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns wore an unusual jacket that might be described as pinstripes on acid.
"My stylist was telling me the story about how (there are) 8 meters of (this) fabric ... in the world," Towns said. "And this suit is 21/2 of it. So he's really blessed me with a one-of-a-kind suit for this special day in my life."
Another player with Kentucky ties, Louisville native D'Angelo Russell, wore red and white, not coincidentally, the colors of Ohio State.
"Thad Matta and his coaching staff, they were beautiful to me," Russell said. "And I really wanted to dedicate my suit to those that really played a huge part in it."
■ Willie Cauley-Stein rediscovered his artistic soul.
When he met with reporters at the NBA Combine in Chicago last month, Cauley-Stein denied any interest in art. Coincidentally or not, NBA teams wondered about his desire to excel in basketball. Disavowing an interest in art seemed to be calculated to persuade NBA teams he hungered to improve as a player.
After being selected with the sixth pick, Cauley-Stein again showed an artistic flair. Actually he wore it around his neck in the form of a medallion.
"A little something you spoil yourself with," he said of the medallion bearing his initials. "I got a couple of them made. It's just good fun. Branding. It's a little logo that me and my boys put together, so it's something that we're pushing, and hopefully it takes off."
Cauley-Stein said he participated in the design.
"I've been working on it for weeks now," he said. "My friend and I designed it together."
■ Draftees repeatedly gave thanks for being first-rounders, and frequently credited heavenly influence.
According to news conference transcripts provided by the NBA, 12 first-rounders mentioned being "blessed" 23 times and 10 times thanked God for his help.
Former Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker crammed the most gratitude into the fewest words when he began his news conference by saying, "I'm completely grateful (and) blessed. God is good."
■ Russell did not shy from the expectation of following such Los Angeles Lakers greats as Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.
When asked if he was the new star the Lakers so obviously needed, Russell said, "Man, I try to stand out wherever I go and be that star. I'm just a kid from Louisville with a big heart, big dream.
"And to be in this position (with) that franchise, on the West Coast, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world is a great opportunity to really take my game to the next level."
■ While UK took its history of draft picks to new heights, Cameron Payne's achievement might have been overlooked.
Payne became the first player from Murray State drafted in the first round. He went to Oklahoma City with the 14th pick.
"Murray State is just like Oklahoma City: a small town," he said. "And it's all about work. Getting in the gym and doing what's best for the team and putting your heart out for the organization every day."
■ Wisconsin, which beat Kentucky in the Final Four semifinals, made some draft history of its own,
Frank Kaminsky became the first Badger selected in the first round (No. 9 to Charlotte) since Devin Harris was picked fifth in 2004.
Kaminsky and Dekker became the first two Wisconsin players taken in the same draft since Michael Finley and Rashard Griffith 20 years ago.