Lauri Markkanen may be the only Arizona player certain to be taken in next Thursday's NBA Draft, but the Pac-12 could see a record number of its players drafted overall.
In the two-round draft era, the conference could break its record of seven first-round picks taken in 2008, when UA's Jerryd Bayless joined O.J. Mayo, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Robin Lopez in the lottery. The Pac-12 could also possibly match its 12 overall picks from that same year.
As of now, Draft Express' latest mock draft has the following Pac-12 players listed:
-- First round: Markelle Fultz (1), Lonzo Ball (2), Markkanen (7), T.J. Leaf (20), Ike Anigbogu (21), Ivan Rabb (29), Derrick White (30).
-- Second round: Kyle Kuzma (31), Jordan Bell (35), Dillon Brooks (44), Tyler Dorsey (47).
That's seven guys in the first round, with the possibility that either Kuzma and/or Bell jumps in, too. Overall, Draft Express has a total of 11, a number that can reach 12 if Kobi Simmons gets picked (and NBADraft.net has Simmons going last at No. 60).
ESPN doesn't forecast the second round but has six Pac-12 players in the first round: Fultz (1), Ball (2), Markkanen (7), Anigbogu (17), Leaf (18), Bell (20).
Bell has been enjoying life on the road while his stock appears to be rising.
Buffzone has a recap of some of the late roster additions around the Pac-12.