The ACC had six players selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft … the ACC has had six or more first round draft picks 11 times overall, including four times in the last eight years.
The ACC is the only conference to have had at least four first round picks in each of the past four NBA drafts (2009-2012).
Over the past four years (2009-2012), the ACC leads all conferences with 23 first round drafts picks; the Big 12 is second with 18, followed by the Big East (16), SEC (15), Pac-12 (12) and the Big Ten (5).
The ACC has had at least one first round draft pick in 24 consecutive NBA drafts and in 41 of the past 42 years.
North Carolina has had multiple first round selections 10 times … Duke has had four first round selections the past two years … the Tar Heels had four players selected in the first round for the second time in eight years … Rivers and Plumlee became the 24th and 25th players under Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski selected in the first round of the NBA Draft ... Coach K has now had more NBA first round draft selections than any other coach in NCAA history.
HARRISON BARNES, North Carolina
First Round/7th selection – Golden State Warriors
Barnes is the 41st North Carolina player selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the highest selection since Marvin Williams was taken No. 2 overall and Raymond Felton (5th) in 2005 … the sixth ACC player taken by Golden State in the opening round Barnes is the first Tar Heel selected by Golden State since Vince Carter in 1998 … first-team All-ACC as a sophomore in 2012 … ACC Rookie of the Year and second-team All-ACC in 2010-11 … led UNC and finished third in the ACC in scoring (17.1) this past season … finished seventh in the ACC in field goal percentage (.440) … tallied 1,228 career points … averaged 16.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in his two years at UNC.
AUSTIN RIVERS, Duke
First Round/10th selection – New Orleans Hornets
Rivers is the 31st Duke player selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the fourth ACC player taken in the opening round by New Orleans … the sixth Blue Devil to earn ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 2011-12, Rivers became the first freshman to lead Duke in scoring (15.5) since Johnny Dawkins did so in 1982-83 … Rivers joins UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough (2006) as the only two unanimous ACC Rookie of the Year honorees … a nine-time ACC Player of the Week, Rivers was only the seventh freshman in league annals to be named first-team All-ACC.
KENDALL MARSHALL, North Carolina
First Round/13th selection – Phoenix Suns
Marshall is the 42nd North Carolina player selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the sixth ACC player taken by Phoenix in the opening round … second-team All-ACC as a sophomore in 2012 … third-team All-ACC and a member of the All-ACC Freshman team in 2010-11 … set three ACC single-season records last year - total assists (351), assists per game (9.8) and games with 10 or more assists (17) … led the ACC in assists in each of his two years at UNC … had 17 games with 10-or-more assists in 2011-12.
JOHN HENSON, North Carolina
First Round/14th selection – Milwaukee Bucks
Henson is the 43rd North Carolina player selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the third ACC player taken by Milwaukee in the opening round … first-team All-ACC as a junior (2011-12) and second-team All-ACC as a sophomore (2010-11) … ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12 (for a second-straight year) and averaged a career-best 13.7 points per game this past year led the ACC in rebounds (9.9) and blocked shots (2.9) … led the ACC in blocked shots in each of the past two years and finished his career 11th on the league’s blocked shot list with 279.
TYLER ZELLER, North Carolina
First Round/17th selection – Dallas Mavericks (proposed trade: rights to Cleveland)
Zeller is the 44th North Carolina player selected in the first round of the NBA draft … Zeller is the third ACC player, and the second Tar Heel (Sam Perkins, 1984), to be chosen by Dallas in the first round … the ACC Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC as a senior in 2011-12 … was a second-team All-ACC selection as a junior in 2010-11 … was fifth in the ACC this past season in scoring (16.3) and second in rebounding (9.6), and field goal percentage (.553) … earned first-team Wooden All-America honors and second-team recognition by the AP, NABC, USBWA and The Sporting News … a four-time All-ACC Academic team selection, Zeller was also named as the recipient of the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year award for men’s basketball.
MILES PLUMLEE, Duke
First Round/26th selection – Indiana Pacers
Plumlee is the 32nd Duke player selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the fifth ACC player taken in the opening round by Indiana … averaged career-highs in scoring (6.6), rebounding (7.1) and blocked shots (32) as a senior in 2011-12 … started 16 games and averaged 20.5 minutes per game … shot .610 (89x146) from the floor …averaged 8.1 rebounds in 16 ACC regular season games … had 10-or-more rebounds in six of his last 10 games and 10 times overall, including a career-high 22 rebounds (with 13 points) against Maryland (F11).