Ranking the best NBA players from Utah schools: has Utah or BYU produced the most talent?

Published: Monday, May 19 2014 11:50 p.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, May 24 2014 7:45 p.m. MDT

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There is nothing that most BYU and Utah fans like more than to brag about who has produced better players and who has had the most success in the professional ranks. It’s not just Utes and Cougars who love this argument either. Utah State and Weber State fans love to join the conversation too, when they have players to brag about. With the success that Damian Lillard has had in his first two seasons in the NBA, Wildcats have been front and center in these debates, and feeling good about where they stand.

Of Utah’s six major schools, the Utes have had the most NBA and ABA players with 27, followed by BYU (21), Utah State (nine), Weber State (nine) and Utah Valley (one) while Southern Utah hasn’t had any, according to basketball-reference.com.

Here is the list that shows who has the ultimate bragging rights when it comes to the best NBA players ever produced out of Utah’s Division 1 schools.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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