As expected, Kentucky was the only SEC school to land anyone in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.
Julius Randle, the SEC's rookie of the year for 2013-14, was the first one to go. He is headed out west, as the Lakers picked him with the seventh overall selection. That spot was a popular one for him in the mock drafts, and he already has the stamp of approval from Kobe Bryant. He will be an interesting addition along with Bryant and the current starting small forward, Nick Young. He's a bit bigger than Young is, so the team can sometimes try to play the three of them together as a slightly smaller, more athletic combo than most teams face.
The other Wildcat ended up with Randle's new arch rival, as James Young went to the Boston Celtics with the 17th overall selection. There he will play for former Butler coach Brad Stevens and along with the night's sixth overall selection Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State. Young won't have a chance to start right away with Jeff Green in the way, but the team needs some more firepower. Neither Rajon Rondo nor Smart are much in the way of shooters, so the points have to come from somewhere.
Here is a running tally of the other SEC guys taken:
35. MEMPHIS: Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee (drafted by Utah, traded to Grizzlies)
36. MILWAUKEE: Johnny O'Bryant, LSU
46. LA LAKERS: Jordan Clarkson, Missouri (drafted by Washington, rights sold to LA)
58. SAN ANTONIO: Jordan McRae, Tennessee
No Gators picked. Give Billy Donovan another coach of the year award and marvel at what that team did with the players it had.