Success continues to breed upon itself within the University of Louisville athletics programs.
Conference and National championships. The College World Series and Final Fours. Membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a Power 5 league. Players of the Year. The Year of the Cardinal. Success has become synonymous with the multiple programs at U of L and on Thursday, with the completion of the 2015 NBA Draft, further evidence of that continued direction came to fruition.
When Terry Rozier was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 16th overall selection, it marked a first-round trifecta for the Louisville. It also made U of L the only school in the nation to have a student-athlete selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL, MLB and NBA drafts.
Former receiver DeVante Parker was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 14th selection during the April 30 NFL Draft. Parker, who despite missing the season's first seven games with a foot injury, finished with a team-high 855 receiving yards in 2015 and equaled a school-record with 12 touchdown receptions in 2014.
Kyle Funkhouser became the highest Major League Baseball Draft selection when he was chosen by the Los Angles Dodgers with the 35th overall choice on June 8. Funkhouser, who led the country and established a new school record with 13 wins as a sophomore, completed his three-year career ranking second in program history for both wins and strikeouts.
Only six schools had student-athletes selected in the first round of two of the three drafts. Arizona, Arkansas, LSU and UCLA each had players chosen in the first rounds of the MLB and NBA drafts, while Kentucky had athletes taken in the first rounds of the NBA and NFL drafts. Florida State had opening-round selections in both the MLB and NFL drafts.
In 2014, Louisville saw Calvin Pryor, Marcus Smith and Teddy Bridgewater all selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, while Nick Burdi was an early second round pick by the Minnesota Twins in the MLB Draft and Russ Smith being chosen in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76er's.