Current NBA Players (11): Jeff Adrien (Warriors), Ray Allen (Celtics), Hilton Armstrong (Hawks), Caron Butler (Mavericks), Rudy Gay (Grizzlies), Ben Gordon (Pistons), Richard Hamilton (Pistons), Emeka Okafor (Hornets), A.J. Price (Pacers), Hasheem Thabeet (Rockets), Charlie Villanueva (Pistons)
This past year, Jim Calhoun joined the likes of John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski as the only coaches to win three national championships. Ever since he started coaching at UConn in 1986 he has churned out NBA players. When Kemba Walker is drafted on Thursday, he will become the 27th player Calhoun has coached at Connecticut to make it to the NBA. Walker carried the Huskies all season long from a victory at the Maui Tournament to winning 5 games to take the Big East Tournament title to gutting out a 54-41 win over Butler in the championship game.
Kemba Walker might have been the most dominant player Calhoun has coached (and that’s saying a lot) but last year’s squad was definitely not his most talented. In 2004, the Huskies defeated Georgia Tech in the title game with six future NBA draft picks including Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon who went 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 2004 Draft.