One barometer for judging the success of a college basketball program is the amount of players a school sends to the NBA. All told, 39 former Wildcats have played in the NBA and ABA. This season, there are 10 ex-‘Cats are competing among the NBA’s best.
(AKA Agent Zero, the Hibachi)
WILDCAT YEARS: 1999-00 to 2000-2001
NBA CAREER: 10th season, 22.7 PPG
Golden State Warriors (2), Washington Wizards (8)
HOW IT ENDED: Loss to Duke in 2001 NCAA Finals
THE SKINNY: When not injured or suspended, the Hibachi — a three-time all-star — can be one of the hottest shooters in the league.
WILDCAT YEARS: 2007-08
NBA CAREER: 3rd Season, 6.5 PPG
Portland Trailblazers (2)
New Orleans Hornets (1)
HOW IT ENDED: First round exit to West Virginia
THE SKINNY: Sitting behind perennial all-star Chris Paul on the Hornets’ depth chart at guard doesn’t help Bayless’ playing time.