Kentucky won the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, their first title since 1998. How many players from the '98 Kentucky team went on to play in the NBA?
Six members of the Kentucky Wildcats team that won the 1998 NCAA title went on to play in the NBA: Wayne Turner, Jamaal Magloire, Jeff Sheppard, Michael Bradley, Scott Padgett and Nazr Mohammed. Of those six, only Mohammed and Magloire are still in the league.
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Turner played in 3 NBA games for the Celtics in his brief career, but did enjoy a brief stint with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Magloire is currently in his 12th NBA season. An All-Star in 2004 with the Hornets, Magloire now plays for the Toronto Raptors. He has averaged 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds a game in his career.
Sheppard played 18 games for the Hawks during the 1998-99 season averaging 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds. He did make 5 starts.
Bradley actually left Kentucky after his sophomore season and finished his collegiate career at Villanova. Bradley played 5 seasons in the NBA with 5 different teams averaging 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in his career.
Padgett lasted 8 seasons in the NBA where he was an effective role player for the Jazz and Rockets. He averaged just 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds, but connected on 37.3% of his 3-pointers.
Mohammed is in his 13th NBA season and second with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mohammed won a ring with the Spurs in 2005 and has averaged 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in his NBA career.
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