NEW YORK -- Only one coach in America has mentored more No. 1 NBA Draft picks in the last seven years than Kevin Boyle.
That would be Kentucky coach John Calipari, who has coached three of the past six No. 1 picks: Karl-Anthony Towns (2015), Anthony Davis (2012) and John Wall (2010).
But when Ben Simmons goes No. 1 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, he will become the second No. 1 pick coached by Boyle since 2011 when former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick's and Duke star Kyrie Irving went No. 1 overall. (Irving, of course, helped the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA championship on Sunday night.)