List of Akron Zips in the NBA and WNBA drafts

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The University of Akron men's basketball team has had 5 players drafted in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The women's basketball team has yet to have a player drafted in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Each NBA and WNBA franchise seeks to add new players through their respective annual draft. The NBA uses a draft lottery to determine the first three picks of the NBA draft; the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first three picks are decided, the rest of the teams pick in reverse order of their win–loss record.[ref 1][ref 2] To be eligible for the NBA Draft, a player must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.[ref 3] From 1967 until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, the American Basketball Association (ABA) held its own draft.[ref 4] The WNBA Draft is similar to the NBA with a couple of exceptions. Only five WNBA teams are eligible for the draft lottery instead of 14 NBA teams. Also, all five non-playoff teams that participate in the draft lottery pick in the order of the lottery outcome with the remainder of the league selecting in reverse order of their win–loss record.[ref 5] The WNBA requires players be at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the applicable seasons, have either graduated from a four-year university or have completed her intercollegiate basketball eligibility, or have played at least two seasons for another professional basketball league.[ref 6]


F Forward C Center G Guard
# Active as of the 2009–10 season
* Selected to an NBA/WNBA All-Star Game
Won an NBA/WNBA championship

Player selection[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player Position NBA team[note 1] Notes
1966 9 1 78 Turner, BillBill Turner New York Knicks
1967 3 8 27 Turner, BillBill Turner San Francisco Warriors
1973 11 6 171 Paul, LenLen Paul Detroit Pistons
1975 7 11 119 Barnett, NateNate Barnett Houston Rockets
1984 7 3 142 Jakubick, JoeJoe Jakubick Cleveland Cavaliers
1987 6 8 122 Boyce, MichaelMichael Boyce Phoenix Suns

WNBA Draft[edit]

Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position WNBA team[note 1] Notes
Up to 2009, Akron has had no players in the WNBA Draft.


  1. ^ a b This is the team that drafted the player, not their most recent team.


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  2. ^ Dengate, Jeff (2007-05-16). "Let the Ping-Pong Balls Fall". Archived from the original on 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Article X, Section 1(b)(i)". 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. National Basketball Players Association. Archived from the original on 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  4. ^ Pluto, Terry (1990). Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. New York City, New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 432. ISBN 1-4165-4061-X. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Atlanta Dream Win Top Pick in 2009 WNBA Draft". WNBA Enterprises, LLC. 2008-12-09. Archived from the original on 2009-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Hoops 101: Reneé Brown". WNBA Media Ventures, LLC. Archived from the original on 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18.