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With Cade (Likely) Going No. 1, Here’s A look at OSU’s NBA Draft History

Cade Cunningham is set to be the 37th player drafted in OSU’s history.

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The Cowboys are expected to have their first No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick in program history Thursday night, but Cade Cunningham will be far from the first Poke to ever hear his name called.

Oklahoma State has had 36 NBA (and BAA) Draft picks going back to 1948. The Providence Steam Rollers of the Basketball Association of America (the predecessor to the NBA) took Oklahoma A&M’s A.L. Bennett in the second annual BAA Draft.

A native of Holdenville, Bennett was a two-time All-American under Henry Iba and a member of the Cowboys’ 1946 National Championship team, tallying six points in the Aggies’ 43-40 victory over Kentucky.

Bob Harris became the program’s first, first-round pick the next season. The Fort Wayne Pistons, now the Detroit Pistons (it’s all connected), took Bob Harris third overall. Until likely Thursday night, Harris is the highest draft pick OSU has ever had.

Harris was a First Team All-American for the 1948-49 season. Oklahoma A&M’s J.L. Parks was also an All-American that year and was taken by the Indianapolis Olympians.

Harris is one of nine first round picks the program has had, and there was a big time gap between Harris and OSU’s next first round pick, Byron Houston. The Chicago Bulls took Houston 27th overall in the 1992 draft, 43 years after Harris was picked.

The Draft has taken many forms over the years. It used to be that teams would pick until the prospects ran out. From 1960 to 1969, there were 21 rounds. That was cut to 10 by 1974. Then it was seven rounds for a few years before landing on its current format of two rounds in 1989.

Fourteen Cowboys have been selected in the two-round era, starting with Richard Dumas in 1991 (46th overall to the Phoenix Suns). He was taken just a handful of picks ahead of Von McDade (53rd overall to the New Jersey Nets).

When the Bulls took Houston late in the first round in 1992, they followed that up in taking another Cowboy just six picks later when selecting Corey Williams.

Houston was one of Eddie Sutton’s six first round picks, joining Brooks Thompson (1994), Bryant Reeves (1995), Desmond Mason (2000), Tony Allen (2004) and Joey Graham (2005).

Cunningham will be the first Cowboy taken since Jawun Evans was drafted in 2017. The Philadelphia 76ers took Evans after a pre-agreed upon trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here is every Aggie/Cowboy taken in the Draft:

Year Name Team Round/Overall
1948 A.L. Bennett Providence Steam Rollers -/-
1949 Bob Harris Fort Wayne Pistons 1/3
1949 J.L. Parks Indianapolis Olympians -/-
1950 Jack Shelton Boston Celtics 5/-
1951 Gale McArthur Minneapolis Lakers 4/40
1952 Don Johnson Boston Celtics 5/47
1953 Kendall Sheets Rochester Royals 7/59
1954 Bob Mattick Milwaukee Hawks 2/11
1956 Clayton Carter Rochester Royals 9/73
1957 Mel Wright Cincinnati Royals 10/70
1965 James King Detroit Pistons 4/32
1969 Joe Smith Los Angeles Lakers 8/111
1972 Jerry Clack Cincinnati Royals 8/119
1974 Kevin Fitzgerald Houston Rockets 7/113
1978 Mark Tucker Chicago Bulls 10/191
1980 Ed Odom San Diego Clippers 4/76
1980 Don Youman Washington Bullets 10/207
1983 Leroy Combs Indiana Pacers 2/26
1983 Matt Clark Utah Jazz 5/100
1983 Lorenza Andrews Kansas City Kings 5/106
1984 Ray Crenshaw Phoenix Suns 7/151
1985 Joe Atkinson Portland Trail Blazers 4/85
1991 Richard Dumas Phoenix Suns 2/46
1991 Von McDade New Jersey Nets 2/53
1992 Byron Houston Chicago Bulls 1/27
1992 Corey Williams Chicago Bulls 2/33
1994 Brooks Thompson Orlando Magic 1/27
1995 Bryant Reeves Vancouver Grizzlies 1/6
2000 Desmond Mason Seattle SuperSonics 1/17
2004 Tony Allen Boston Celtics 1/27
2005 Joey Graham Toronto Raptors 1/16
2007 JamesOn Curry Chicago Bulls 2/51
2010 James Anderson San Antonio Spurs 1/20
2014 Marcus Smart Boston Celtics 1/6
2014 Markel Brown Brooklyn Nets (via Timberwolves) 2/44
2017 Jawun Evans Los Angeles Clipers (via 76ers) 2/39

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