List of Oklahoma Sooners in the NBA and WNBA Drafts
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The University of Oklahoma men's basketball team has had 42 players drafted in the National Basketball Association (NBA) while the women's basketball team has had 9 players drafted in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). This includes eight players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft and five players in the first round of the WNBA Draft. In 2009, Blake Griffin became the only Oklahoma basketball player to have been selected as the overall number one pick when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. Oklahoma had two players selected the latest NBA draft and two players in the latest WNBA draft.
Each NBA and WNBA franchise seeks to add new players through their respective annual draft. The NBA uses a draft lottery to determine the first three picks of the NBA draft; the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first three picks are decided, the rest of the teams pick in reverse order of their win–loss record. To be eligible for the NBA Draft, a player in the United States must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class. From 1967 until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, the American Basketball Association (ABA) held it own draft. The WNBA Draft is similar to the NBA with a couple of exceptions. Only five WNBA teams are eligible for the draft lottery, compared to the 14 eligible teams in the NBA. Also, all five non-playoff teams that participate in the draft lottery pick select their picks in the order of the lottery outcome; the remainder of the league selects in reverse order of their win–loss record. The WNBA requires that players be at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the applicable seasons, have either graduated from a four-year university or have completed their intercollegiate basketball eligibility, or have played at least two seasons for another professional basketball league.
Two former Sooner men have been selected to participate in an NBA All-Star Game, Alvan Adams and Mookie Blaylock, while one woman, Stacey Dales, has been selected to participate in a WNBA All-Star Game. Three former Sooner men have won a championship with their respective teams.
|#||Active as of the 2009–10 season|
|*||Selected to an NBA/WNBA All-Star Game|
|†||Won an ABA/NBA/WNBA championship|
|Year||Rnd||Pick||Overall||Player name||Position||WNBA team[A 1]||Notes|
|2000||3||6||38||Phylesha Whaley||F||Minnesota Lynx||—|
|2002||1||3||3||Stacey Dales*||G/F||Washington Mystics||All-Star (2002)|
|2002||1||14||14||LaNeisha Caufield||G||Utah Starzz||—|
|2002||1||16||16||Rosalind Ross||G||Los Angeles Sparks||—|
|2004||3||1||27||Maria Villaroel||G||Phoenix Mercury||—|
|2005||1||13||13||Dionnah Jackson||F||Detroit Shock||—|
|2007||3||2||28||Leah Rush||F||Phoenix Mercury||—|
|2009||1||7||7||Courtney Paris#||C||Sacramento Monarchs||—|
|2009||2||9||22||Ashley Paris#||F||Los Angeles Sparks||—|
- "2009–10 Men's Basketball Media Guide". University of Oklahoma Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://soonersports.com/sports/m-baskbl/archive/101909aaa.html. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- "NBA Draft Picks From University of Oklahoma". Sports Reference LLC. Basketball-Reference.com. http://www.basketball-reference.com/friv/draft.cgi?college=oklahoma. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- "All-Time WNBA Draft List". WNBA Enterprises, LLC.. Archived from the original on 2009-11-06. http://www.webcitation.org/5l5TffMWf. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
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