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ESPN Ranks Schools That Produce Most Potentially High-Impact NBA Players

Zion Williamson goes up for a dunk during Duke's win over Kentucky.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 06: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils goes up to dunk the ball against the kentucky Wildcats during the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The 2019 NBA Draft is just around the corner, and schools across the country will be crossing their fingers hoping a player from their program gets picked. While the Duke Blue Devils are expected to steal the show with their draft prospects, there are plenty of schools that have produced high-impact NBA players over the year.

On Monday, ESPN released its ranking of schools that produce the most potentially high-impact NBA players in the league. Unsurprisingly, several NCAA blue bloods made it into the top five.

A trio of ACC giants - Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse - made the cut, as did Big 12 flagship program Kansas. But there was one school that stood out from the crowd as far as producing impact players.

Here is ESPN's top five ranking:

5. Syracuse

4. North Carolina

3. Kansas

2. Duke

1. Kentucky

The presence of the Wildcats on the list should come as no surprise at all. In the past ten years alone they have produced three No. 1 overall picks - John Wall, Anthony Davis, and Karl-Anthony Towns, all of whom have multiple All-Star selections.

Kentucky has also produced DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best centers in the league when healthy.

Duke's presence on the list is no surprise with Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and Brandon Ingram having played for the Blue Devils. They might even rise on the list if Zion Williamson is as advertised.

Kansas and North Carolina have produced multiple first round picks over the past ten years, and are expected to add several more draft picks this year.

As for the Orange, they've benefited greatly from such recent stars as Michael Carter-Williams, Dion Waiters and Wesley Johnson.

Those five schools have provided the NBA with plenty of elite talent, and have the infrastructure in place to keep sending star players to the league for years to come.