NBA talent drain has caught up to Pac-10 

January, 29, 2010
As we head into a weekend packed with hoops, here are some rumblings and grumblings around the college basketball universe ...

• The best Duke transfer ever is Jamal Boykin. Boykin has been the one constant for Cal in what has been an up-and-down season for the Bears. He had 25 points and 10 rebounds Thursday against Arizona State. Boykin will be the key for Cal on Sunday in a battle for -- wait for it -- first place in the Pac-10, when the Bears play in Tucson against Arizona.

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AP Photo/Dean HareJamal Boykin has been a bright spot for Cal during an inconsistent season.
Why is the Pac-10 so down? In the past two seasons, the league has had 21 players drafted, 13 of whom were selected in the first round. The next closest leagues in terms of losing NBA talent are the ACC, Big 12 and Big East (all of which have more teams, mind you). Each of those leagues has seen 13 players drafted in the past two seasons -- total. Only nine have been taken from the SEC, and five -- yes, five -- from the Big Ten.