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Which 16 Schools Have Produced The Most NBA Draft Picks In The 21st Century?

Every year at the NBA Draft, there are a handful of players taken who hail from schools that aren't considered elite programs. But far more frequently, schools that have earned the title of "basketball factories" end up producing the majority of the draftees. This was evident during the 2014 draft, as schools like Duke, Kansas and Kentucky sent multiple players to the NBA, yet again.

This got us thinking: which schools have produced the most NBA draft picks in the 21st century? There are plenty of surprises among the 101 schools that have sent players to the pros -- like Okaloosa-Walton Community College and Western Carolina -- but when it comes to the programs that produce the most NBA players, odds are you won't be shocked. But which program came out on top?

Here are the top 16 schools at producing NBA talent in the 21st century.

T-13) Ohio State: 10 Players

Unfortunately for Buckeyes fans, the player who everyone remembers getting drafted is Greg Oden, who went No. 1 in the 2007 draft ahead of Kevin Durant. There have been some really good Buckeyes selected, though, as Mike Conley (No. 4, 2007) has turned himself into one of the most underrated players in the NBA, while Daequan Cook (No. 21, 2007), Byron Mullins (No. 24, 2009) and Evan Turner (No. 2, 2010) have all had careers ranging from "serviceable" to "solid."

T-13) Stanford: 10 Players

The Cardinal had two players selected in the 2014 draft: Josh Huestis, who was selected with the 29th pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Dwight Powell, who the Charlotte Hornets picked 45th. Nobody on Stanford has really had a great pro career, although Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez (No. 10 and 15 in 2008, respectively) have been nice pros - especially Brook, when he's healthy. Outside of those two, most Cardinal players have been unspectacular pros, like Jason Collins (No. 18, 2001), Josh Childress (No. 6, 2004) and Landry Fields (No. 39, 2010).

T-13) Washington: 10 Players

If you built a team of players based on their alma maters, Washington's squad would probably be the most entertaining. It has produced guys like Nate Robinson (No. 21, 2005), Spencer Hawes (No. 10, 2007), Isaiah Thomas (No. 60, 2011), Terrence Ross (No. 8, 2012), Tony Wroten (No. 25, 2012), and perhaps the best of the bunch, Brandon Roy (No. 6, 2006). Sure, that team would probably allow 120 points per game, but it could score on anyone and play at a million miles per hour.

T-13) Maryland: 10 Players

The Terrapins have produced plenty of players over the last 14 years, but the results on the court have been mixed. Maryland's two highest selections have been Chris Wilcox (No. 8, 2002) and Alex Len (No. 5, 2013), and neither have had great pro careers, although Len's has barely even started. Its two best players since the turn of the century are probably Steve Blake (No. 38, 2003) and Greivis Vasquez (No. 28, 2010).

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T-11) Memphis: 11 Players

When you think of recent Memphis basketball history, you immediately recall former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who the Chicago Bulls took with the top pick in the 2008 draft. Outside of Rose, it hasn't been great for Tigers at the next level. Tyreke Evans (No. 4, 2009) and Elliot Williams (No. 22, 2010) have had nice careers, but other than that, they've been rather disappointing.

T-11) Michigan State: 11 Players

Sparty had two players selected in the 2014 draft who are expected to have really nice pro careers in Adreian Payne (No. 15) and Gary Harris (No. 19). As for Spartans in the pros now, there have been some great players, like Jason Richardson (No. 5, 2001), Zach Randolph (No. 19, 2001), and more recently, Draymond Green (No. 35, 2012).

T-8) Syracuse: 14 Players

Of course, when you're naming Syracuse basketball players in the NBA, the first person you think of is Carmelo Anthony, who the Denver Nuggets selected with the third overall pick in the 2003 draft. Jim Boeheim also produced the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams, who the Philadelphia 76ers took with the 11th pick last year. Other than that, several players taken out of Syracuse have earned the label of bust, like Jonny Flynn (No. 6, 2009) and Wesley Johnson (No. 4, 2010), both of whom were selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

T-8) Texas: 14 Players

Two superstars have come out of Austin: LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 4, 2006) and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant (No. 2, 2007). After those two, some really nice role players in the league are Longhorns, like Daniel Gibson (No. 42, 2006), D.J. Augustin (No. 9, 2008), Avery Bradley (No. 19, 2010) and Tristan Thompson (No. 4, 2011). Bradley and Thompson both possess very bright futures.

T-8) Florida: 14 Players

Everyone in Gainesville remembers the 2007 draft, when five Gators were selected. Al Horford, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah, Chris Richard and Taurean Green were selected 3rd, 7th, 9th, 41st and 52nd, respectively, with Horford and Noah turning into two of the NBA's best players. Florida also produced a former star in David Lee (No. 30, 2005), a budding star in Bradley Beal (No. 3, 2012), and a few really solid role players in Marreese Speights (No. 16, 2008) and Chandler Parsons (No. 38, 2011).

T-6) UConn: 18 Players

UConn has been the most successful college basketball program since 2001, winning more national championships than any other school. It has also done a great job at getting players to the pros, and while none of them have turned into superstars, there have been plenty of solid and consistent Huskies in the NBA. The best of the bunch has arguably been Rudy Gay (No. 8, 2006), but guys like Caron Butler (No. 10, 2002), Emeka Okafor (No. 2, 2004) and Ben Gordon (No. 3, 2004) all had very nice careers. Kemba Walker (No. 9, 2011) and Andre Drummond (No. 9, 2012) are two guys with the potential to become really good NBA players.

T-6) Arizona: 18 Players

Arizona has produced a ton of NBA talent. Unfortunately, that hasn't translated into NBA success. Gilbert Arenas (No. 30, 2001) and Andre Iguodala (No. 9, 2004) have been the two best Wildcats in the pros, while Richard Jefferson (No. 13, 2001), Channing Frye (No. 8, 2005), Jerryd Bayless (No. 11, 2008) Chase Budinger (No. 44, 2009) have had nice pro careers. More frequently, Arizona players have earned the reputation of being better collegiate players than pros.

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T-3) UCLA: 20 Players

UCLA tied for the most selections in the 2014 draft, as three players were taken. The Bruins' two best players of the 21st century have turned into two of the best players in the entire NBA. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love went back-to-back in the 2008 draft, as Westbrook was the then-Seattle Supersonics' selection with the No. 4 pick, and the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Love with the fifth pick.

There have been a few other really good Bruins in the league, like Arron Afflalo (No. 27, 2007) and Jrue Holliday (No. 17, 2009). 

T-3) Duke: 20 Players

Mike Krzyzewski has turned Duke into a school that produces steady pros. While it's rare that any Blue Devils turn themselves into stars, there have been several men that have come out of Durham who developed into solid NBA players.

While Kyrie Irving (No. 1, 2011) is on pace to become arguably Duke's best pro of all time, guys like Shane Battier (No. 6, 2001), Carlos Boozer (No. 35, 2002), Luol Deng (No. 7, 2004), J.J. Redick (No. 11, 2006) and Gerald Henderson (No. 12, 2009) have had successful careers. Now, the focus heads to the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft, Jabari Parker.

T-3) North Carolina: 20 Players

While it hasn't had the most players drafted, North Carolina has the distinction of having the most first round picks of the 21st century, with 17 Tar Heels getting selected. The most Tar Heel-heavy draft came in 2005, when Marvin Williams (No. 2), Raymond Felton (No. 5), Sean May (No. 13) and Rashad McCants (No. 14) were all selected in the first round.

North Carolina has had a reputation for producing solid-but-unspectacular pros, save for Ty Lawson (No. 18, 2009), despite most of its players being fantastic college players, like Tyler Hansbrough (No. 13, 2009). In fact, one can argue that the best Tar Heel in the NBA over the last few years has been San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (No. 46, 2009)

2) Kansas: 21 Players

Two of 2014's top three picks -- Andrew Wiggins (No. 1) and Joel Embiid (No. 3) -- were Jayhawks, and carry expectations of turning into All-NBA caliber players. As for current players, there have been some solid pros to come out of Lawrence, like Drew Gooden (No. 4, 2002), Kirk Hinrich (No. 7, 2003), Nick Collison (No. 12, 2003) and Mario Chalmers (No. 34, 2008), but there haven't been any All Stars from Kansas in recent history.

Maybe Wiggins, Embiid or Ben McLemore (No. 7, 2013) can break that streak.

1) Kentucky: 22 Players

Of course, the top school is Kentucky. In recent years, John Calipari has turned UK into an incredibly appealing spot for ultra-talented high school seniors who want to spend one year in college and make the leap to the NBA. Guys like Tayshaun Prince (No. 23, 2002) and Rajon Rondo (No. 26, 2001) became great NBA players prior to Coach Cal heading to Lexington, and the Calipari era has been loaded with NBA stars since.

Guys like John Wall (No. 1, 2010), DeMarcus Cousins (No. 5, 2010), Eric Bledsoe (No. 18, 2010) and Anthony Davis (No. 1, 2012) are all products of coach Cal's Wildcats, and 2014 selections Julius Randle (No. 7) and James Young (No. 17) are expected to become great players at the next level. The scariest thing? With the continuous flow of ultra-talented players in Lexington, there's a really good chance that Kentucky extends its lead over everyone else on this list in the coming years.

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