VCU’s Jamie Skeen often got the better of Kansas’ Marcus Morris (pictured in white), scoring 26 points in the Rams’ Southwest Regional Championship victory in 2011.

I know we go to the well with the Final Four thing quite a bit, but sometimes it’s just unavoidable. I had another one of those “holy-crap-what-did-we-actually-do” moments last night while watching the Kentucky Wildcat Disbursement NBA Draft.

I couldn’t help but notice the staggering number of players drafted from the teams VCU beat during that run:

Southern Cal
2011: Nikola Vucevic, first round (16th overall) Philadelphia 76ers

Georgetown
None (surprising, right?)

Purdue
2011: JaJuan Johnson, first round (27th overall) New Jersey Nets
2011: E’Twaun Moore, second round (55th overall) Boston Celtics
*2012: Robbie Hummel, second round (58th overall) Minnesota Timberwolves
–Hummel was hurt and did not play during 2011 NCAA Tournament

Florida State

Chris Singleton had 16 points and nine rebounds against VCU in 2011, but he couldn’t prevent the Rams from walking away with a 72-71 overtime victory.

2011: Chris Singleton, first round (18th overall) Washington Wizards
2012: Bernard James, second round (33rd overall) Cleveland Cavaliers (traded to Dallas)

Kansas
2011: Markieff Morris, first round (13th overall) Phoenix Suns
2011: Marcus Morris, first round (14th overall) Houston Rockets
2011: Josh Selby, second round (49th overall) Memphis Grizzlies
2012: Thomas Robinson, first round (fifth overall) Sacramento Kings
2012: Tyshawn Taylor, second round (41st overall) Portland Trail Blazers

Butler
2011: Shelvin Mack, second round (34th overall) Washington Wizards

Not counting Robbie Hummel, who was injured when the Rams played Purdue, VCU played against 11 future NBA draft picks during its Final Four run (beating 10). Kansas has had five NBA draftees on its own! And there could be more (I’m talking to you, Jeff Withey).

Meanwhile, the Rams’ roster (up to this point) hasn’t had a single player drafted from that 2011 team. VCU essentially beat an NBA team to get to the Final Four. I mean, those five Kansas guys couldn’t possibly be any worse than the Charlotte Bobcats last year, could they? But I digress.

The important thing to know is that VCU faced – and defeated – an incredible amount of talent in 2011. Sometimes it’s just worth the time to stop and appreciate it.

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