Feb 22, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal's Jared Diamond ranked each college baskeball program based on the minutes its alumni played in the NBA during the regular season. The clear winner was Duke (obviously), with 16 former Blue Devils combining to play 21,609 minutes.
Luol Deng led all former Dukies with 2,129 minutes.
Again, coming as no surprise, North Carolina finished second in the ACC with 12 players playing a combined 16,904 minutes. The rest of the conference's rankings may come as a bit of a surprise.
Boston College's four former Eagles in the pros combined for 3,092 minutes this season, the sixth best mark in the conference behind only Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech (10,523), Wake Forest (10,261) and Maryland (4,059). BC's total was higher than Florida State (2,695), Miami (1,916), N.C. State (1,266), Clemson (1,261) and Virginia (697).
Virginia Tech was the only ACC school to fail to log any regular season minutes during this past NBA season.
Phoenix's Jared Dudley lead all former Eagles averaging 31.1 minutes per game during the regular season. Oklahoma City rookie Reggie Jackson averaged 11.1, Craig Smith averaged 9.9 with Portland, and Sean Williams 9.7 between Dallas and Boston.