Jerryd Bayless, right, who played for Arizona, is congratulated by NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected 11th overall by the Indiana Pacers during the first round of the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 26, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Seth Wenig

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.