Stanford could land three top picks in 3 drafts

By Janie Mccauley

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike gestures as she answers a question during a news conference in Norfolk, Va., Sunday, March 18, 2012. Stanford faces West Virginia in an NCAA women's college basketball tournament second-round game Monday.

Steve Helber, Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. — Andrew Luck is set to become the NFL's No. 1 draft pick next month. Stanford pitcher Mark Appel is the likely first choice in June's amateur baseball draft. That's already figuring to be quite a feat for the school.

Add women's basketball star Nnemkadi Ogwumike into the mix as the probable top selection in the WNBA draft, and it very well could be a remarkable Cardinal three-fer.

Oddly enough, all three athletes happen to be from the Houston area.

A pair of Bay Area pros can relate to just how special it is. Quarterback Alex Smith and newly acquired Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut are connected forever based on both being picked No. 1 from the same school the same year: in 2005 out of Utah.

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