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Nineteen ex-Cats on opening-night NBA rosters most by any school

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, a former Kentucky player, took a shot over Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva last week during an NBA exhibition game.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, a former Kentucky player, took a shot over Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva last week during an NBA exhibition game. Associated Press

Nineteen former Kentucky Wildcats were on opening day NBA rosters released Tuesday, more than any other school in the country.

Nazr Mohammed, who is in his third season with the Chicago Bulls, is entering his 17th season. UK's newest representatives are Julius Randle and James Young.

Four franchises have two ex-Cats, including Boston (Rajon Rondo, Young); New Orleans (Anthony Davis, Darius Miller); Phoenix (Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin); and Toronto (Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson).

Duke is right behind Kentucky with 18 former players on NBA rosters, followed by Kansas and North Carolina with 17 each.

Coach John Calipari has coached 19 players who have been drafted over the past five seasons, more than any other university in the country in a five-year span, UK said.

Calipari has had at least one player selected in the top 10 of the draft in each of the past seven seasons, dating to his time at Memphis.

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