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NBA Draft could be a big night for a couple of Badgers

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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast). Michigan's Zak Irvin (21) goes up for a shot against Wisconsin's Sam Dekker (15) and Frank Kaminsky (44) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast). Michigan's Zak Irvin (21) goes up for a shot against Wisconsin's Sam Dekker (15) and Frank Kaminsky (44) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament
 MADISON, Wis. (WXOW)  Thursday's NBA Draft figures to add to the national profile of the Wisconsin Badgers basketball program.

Only seven times in the history of Wisconsin basketball has a Badger been selected in the first round of the NBA draft.
      The last one was Alando Tucker in 2007.
      Wisconsin will likely have two go first round of the same draft this year.
       Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker are projected to go mid-first round.
       That would make their old coach proud.
"Of course that's special but its not so much for me, it's for the University of Wisconsin, for the state, and for the Big Ten.  Whatever number they are, what round, that's a label to some extent.  But it's still about what they're going to do down the road and, as we always say, it's about what's next," said Badgers head coach Bo Ryan.  


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