NBA Draft bolsters Antigua's resume
As anticipated, Thursday night's NBA Draft did nothing to illuminate USF's basketball resume per se, but it added another couple of sparkles to Coach Orlando Antigua's.
The bio of the Bulls new coach now can rightfully indicate he has coached 24 college players taken in the NBA Draft. The latest two: Kentucky forwards Julius Randle and James Young, picked by the Lakers and Celtics, respectively, in Thursday's first round.
In all, Antigua worked with 19 players ultimately selected in the NBA Draft during his five seasons as a John Calipari assistant at UK. That number is certain to increase by the 2015 draft.
Following his lone season (2008-09) at Memphis, Tigers G Tyreke Evans was taken by the Sacramento Kings with the fourth overall pick.
Prior to that, Antigua spent five seasons on Jamie Dixon's staff at Pitt (2003-08), watching four Panthers he coached ultimately get drafted.
Here's the entire list of NBA draftees coached -- in one capacity or another -- by Antigua:
Yr. Player Round/Overall Pick Team
2005 Chris Taft 2/42 Golden State
2008 Aaron Gray 2/49 Chicago
2009 Sam Young 2/36 Memphis
2009 DeJuan Blair 2/37 San Antonio
2009 Tyreke Evans 1/4 Sacramento
2010 John Wall 1/1 Washington
2010 DeMarcus Cousins 1/5 Sacramento
2010 Patrick Patterson 1/13 Houston
2010 Eric Bledsoe 1/18 Oklahoma City
2010 Daniel Orton 1/29 Orlando
2011 Enes Kanter 1/3 Utah
2011 Brandon Knight 1/8 Detroit
2011 Josh Harrellson 2/45 New Orleans
2011 DeAndre Liggins 2/53 Orlando
2012 Anthony Davis 1/1 New Orleans
2012 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 1/2 Charlotte
2012 Terrence Jones 1/18 Houston
2012 Marquis Teague 1/29 Chicago
2012 Doron Lamb 2/42 Milwaukee
2012 Darius Miller 2/46 New Orleans
2013 Nerlens Noel 1/6 New Orleans
2013 Archie Goodwin 2/29 Oklahoma City
2014 Julius Randle 1/7 L.A. Lakers
2014 James Young 1/17 Boston