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The 3 Programs That've Produced The Most NBA Draft Lottery Picks

Duke and UNC get set for the tip.

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The NBA Draft is only hours away and many college coaches will be in attendance to witness their star players see their NBA dreams come true. But there are a few programs that have gotten used to seeing their stars get drafted.

Duke holds the distinction of having the most lottery picks out of any school with 25. With Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish all expected to be drafted high, and Marques Bolden also in the pool, the Blue Devils should add at least three more picks to their total by evening's end.

The close runner-up to Duke are the Kentucky Wildcats with 24. There are three Kentucky players who have been invited to attend the draft - Tyler Herro, P.J. Washington, and Keldon Johnson.

Coming in at a somewhat distant third is North Carolina. Though Michael Jordan was drafted by the Bulls the year before the lottery was introduced, the Tar Heels have still produced an impressive 18 NBA lottery picks.

It should come as no surprise that many of those players have come from Duke, Kentucky, and UNC teams that have won national titles.

Since the NBA Draft lottery was introduced in 1985, the three programs have combined to win 12 national championships: Five for Duke, three for Kentucky, and four for North Carolina.

Will Duke pull away from their blue blood rivals in tonight's NBA Draft?