There were 375 players representing high schools, colleges or universities from 40 states in the U.S. plus Washington, D.C. Geographically, of those 375 players, 157 (41.9%) were from high schools, colleges and universities located in the South; 91 (24.3%) were from the Midwest; 73 (19.5%) were from the West; and 54 (14.4%) were from the Northeast.
Players Directly from U.S. High Schools
A total of 35 players (8.1% of all 430 players) entered the NBA directly from high school. Of those 35 players, 34 (7.9% of all 430 total players, but 10.4% of all Black players) are Black, and the remaining 1 player is White.
Players from College Basketball Conferences
As of April 2, 2006, there were 32 NCAA Division I basketball conferences in the United States. Of those 32 conferences, 27 (84.4%) had at least 1 player in the NBA in the 2005-2006 season. In addition, 6 other national college athletic organizations or associations also had at least 1 player each in the NBA in the 2005-2006 season. All of these conferences combined had a total of 340 players in the NBA in the 2005-2006 season (As of March 6, 2006).
Of the 38 combined conferences that had at least 1 player in the NBA in the 2005-2006 season, 9 (27.3%) had double figure numbers of players: Big East Conference, 50 players (14.7% of the 340 players); Atlantic Coast Conference, 47 players (13.8% of the 340 players); Southeastern Conference, 39 players (11.5% of the 340 players); Pacific-10 Conference, 39 players (11.5% of the 340 players); Big 12 Conference, 34 players (10% of the 340 players); Big 10 Conference, 33 players (9.7% of the 340 players); Atlantic 10 Conference, 19 players (5.6% of the 340 players); Mountain West Conference, 13 players (3.8% of the 340 players); and Conference USA, 12 players (3.5% of the 340 players).
2006 U.S. News & World Report Rankings of Sending Colleges and Universities
There were166 institutions in the U.S. with players in the 2005-2006 NBA season (as of March 6, 2006), with the academic rankings of those institutions ranked in the 2006 U.S. News & World Report academic rankings of colleges and universities in the United States. The 2006 U.S. News & World Report
college rankings were divided into three sections or categories: (1) National Universities, which ranks the top 120 institutions according to academic strength (Tier I and Tier II combined). This particular ranking had 124 institutions because some institutions are tied for certain positions. For example, Princeton University and Harvard University were tied for the top spot; (2) Tier 3 institutions, which were a group of 64 colleges and universities listed alphabetically; and (3) Tier 4 institutions, which are a group of 60 institutions listed alphabetically. The combined total number of all institutions in the three groups is 248. Let us now examine which of the 166 U.S. academic institutions with players in the 2005-2006 NBA season were ranked in the 2006 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.
Two institutions (Duke University and Stanford University) were ranked in the Top 10, with both of them tied at number 5. A total of 8 institutions were ranked in the Top 25. They are: Duke University; Stanford University; Rice University (#17); University of Notre Dame (#18);University of California, Berkeley (#20); Georgetown University (#23);University of California, Los Angeles (#25); and the University of Michigan (#25). A total of 20 institutions were ranked in the Top 50. A total of 30 institutions were ranked in the Top 60. Fifty two institutions were ranked in the Top 100, and 62 institutions were ranked in the Top 120.
For institutions ranked in Tier 3, a total of 27 of them with players in the NBA were ranked in that group. For Tier 4 institutions, a total of 10 institutions with players in the NBA were ranked in that category. For 67 institutions with players in the NBA, no data showed that they were ranked in any of those three separate 2006 U.S. News and World Report college rankings.
The 62 institutions ranked in the Top 120 comprised 50% of the 124 institutions in that category. The 27 institutions ranked in the Tier 3 group comprised 42.2% of the total of 64 institutions listed. The 10 institutions ranked in Tier 4 accounted for 16.7% of the total 60 institutions on the list. Finally, combined 99 institutions with players in the NBA were ranked in any one of the three different 2006 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, accounting for 39.9% of the total 248 institutions. Let us briefly examine the salary figures.
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