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ESPN: Georgetown Ranks 2nd In Producing the Best Pros in the Modern Draft Era

Practice makes perfect
Practice makes perfect
Drew Hallowell

ESPN's "Path to the Draft" series revealed Georgetown as the number two program in all the land in producing the best pros in the modern Draft era. For those unfamiliar with the series, here is a brief summary:

What if we ranked schools based not on how many players they sent to the draft, but on how good those players' careers were? Forget sheer quantity; let's focus on quality. What would those rankings look like?

So that's what we did. With the help of caffeine, our editors, a daunting all-time NBA draft results spreadsheet and too much time spent looking at career splits, we ranked the top 20 programs by what we're deciding to call "NBA pedigree."

What does "pedigree" mean? That's part of the fun, of course, figuring that out. But our methodology isn't all that complex. It's almost entirely based on the careers of former collegians drafted since 1989, the start of the two-round era (before then, it was seven rounds, and 10 before that, and 21 before that). It's a combination of the performance, longevity and legacy NBA fans discuss when they debate the greatest players of all time.

Which college program has borne the most great players in the modern draft era? Does having one or two Hall of Famers and not much else lend a program more "pedigree" than one that has produced a spate of average 10-year pros? Which do we value more, and why?

Putting Georgetown at number two is a testament to the program that since 1989 has produced NBA greats such as Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Allen Iverson and a slew of young stars in Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green and Greg Monroe among others.

Top Five NBA Draftees Since 1989

Allen Iverson (1996)
Alonzo Mourning (1992)
Dikembe Mutombo (1991)
Roy Hibbert (2008)
Greg Monroe (2010)
Sixth man: Jeff Green (2007)

The rest: Charles Edward Smith, Jaren Jackson, Robert Churchwell, Don Reid, Jerome Williams, Othella Harrington, Jahidi White, Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, Mike Sweetney, Patrick Ewing Jr., DaJuan Summers, Chris Wright, Henry Sims

You can check out the full article HERE.

Georgetown will add another potential star to its already impressive stable when Otto Porter is selected as a top pick in Thursday night's Draft.

Hoya Saxa!