The last time a senior in college basketball went No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft was in 2000 (14 years ago), which almost predates the Internet that this article is currently being read on. That draft was also the debacle where teams were stumbling over themselves to try and get out of the lottery like Wall Street was collapsing.
In that draft Kenyon Martin went No. 1 Overall with a broken leg to the New Jersey Nets and became an intricate part of an Eastern Conference power for years, but on a scale of 1-14, Martin would rank very low on a ranking of No. 1 picks in the past 14 years.
Since then the No. 1 picks have been younger and younger. A total of three high school prospects, two international prospects, seven freshmen, and two sophomores have gone at the top of the draft.
Teams want to maximize potential, which takes into account age and talent. Seniors are generally between the age of 22-24 years old while a freshman, one-and-done prospect is typically between 18-20 years old, giving the team an extra contract to develop a prospect.
The draft was a different animal 15 years ago and beyond. Now the freshman dominate the top of the draft and the seniors are leftovers at the end of the lottery and sometimes later into the first round. Here is a look at the five seniors that have 2015 NBA Draft lottery potential.