UW duo has a chance to make history at the NBA Draft

The last time two or more NBA Draft lottery picks from a team that did not make the NCAA Tournament was in 1974.

When the NBA Draft takes place on Thursday at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, keep an eye out for Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss

The University of Washington teammates have an opportunity to become the first pair to miss the NCAA tournament and still be selected in the top 15 of the NBA draft since Len Elmore and Tom McMillen of the University of Maryland in 1974. Back then, the NCAA only invited 25 teams to participate in the tourney instead of the 68 invited now.

This stat enhances the argument that last season's Huskies (16-15) underachieved under head coach Lorenzo Romar, but also how weak the draft this season may end up being.

The Huskies by no means are a powerhouse basketball program, but they have produced 6 NCAA tournament teams since 2004. 

Credit should be given to Romar, who has continued to reel in big-name recruits like Murray, ranked 39th by Scout, and Chriss, who was ranked 55th in the class of 2015. He did it again by signing Markelle Fultz, the top point guard and No. 3 overall player in the class of 2016 according to Scout. But Romar hasn't reached the Big Dance since 2011.

This looks to be a rather weak draft class compared to past drafts, so declaring for the NBA was not a bad decision, even though both players have a lot to work on.  


Scout NBA Network Top Stories