Arizona has produced two No. 1 overall draft picks in the history of the four major professional sports.
Scottsdale’s Auston Matthews was taken with the top pick of the NHL draft last June.
He joined an elite list. The only other Arizona native to go No. 1 in a major sports draft was former ASU baseball and Apollo High school standout Bob Horner.
Horner went first overall in the 1978 MLB draft.
The state of Arizona has never produced a No. 1 pick in the NBA or the NFL.
Former Arizona Wildcats and Phoenix Shadow Mountain standout Mike Bibby went No. 2 in the NBA draft in 1998.
Former Chandler High standout Dion Jordan went third overall in the NFL draft in 2013.
Arizona has produced many Top 10 picks in the various sports over the years.
Joining Bibby in the NBA as Top 10 picks: Sean Elliott, who went third overall in 1989 (Arizona, Tucson Cholla High) and Channing Frye, who went eighth overall in 2005 (Arizona, Phoenix St. Mary’s High).
Joining Jordan as Top 10 picks in the NFL: Fred Carr, who went No. 5 overall in 1968 (Phoenix Union High); Mossy Cade, who went No. 6 overall in 1984 (Eloy Santa Cruz High); Terrell Suggs, who went No. 10 overall in 2003 (ASU, Chandler Hamilton High) and Levi Jones, who went No. 10 overall in 2002 (ASU, Eloy Santa Cruz High).
Joining Horner as Top 10 MLB picks in Arizona history: Corey Myers, who went fourth overall in 1999 (Desert Vista High); John Butcher, who went No. 5 overall in 1977 (Yavapai College, Tucson Sahuaro High); Rick Morris, who was the No. 5 pick in 1985 (ASU, Scottsdale High); Ryan Mills, who was the No. 6 pick in 1998 (ASU, Phoenix Horizon High); Gary Gentry, who went 7th in 1966 (Phoenix College, Phoenix Camelback High); Sam Khalifa, the No. 7 pick in 1982 (Tucson Sahuaro); Bob Milacki, who went No. 9 overall in 1983 (Yavapai College, Kale Havasu High); Eddie Leon, who was the ninth pick in 1965 (Arizona, Tucson High) and Ramon Rosthenhausler, the 10th overall pick in 1984 (Pima Community College, Tucson Sunnyside High).
Beside Matthews, Arizona’s only other Top 10 connections in the NHL draft are Sean Couturier, who was taken No. 8 overall in 2011 and Matthew Tkachuk, who went sixth to the Flames last June.
Couturier was born in Phoenix. Tkachuk was born in Scottsdale while his dad Keith played for the Coyotes.
When will we see more Arizona natives get taken in the first round of the four major professional sports drafts?
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