During that period Maryland produced an impressive 16 players drafted in the NBA. Only fellow ACC programs Duke (28), North Carolina (22) and Georgia Tech (19) produced more NBA draftees. 82games also broke down the players into categories based on the sum of the average rebounds, points and assists the player produced over their career. A player over 20 points was considered a "star", over 15 "solid", over 10 a "role player", over 5 a "deep bench" and below 5 a "bust." Out of those 16 picks Maryland produced one "star" who by the numbers would have to be Steve Francis (29.7) since 82games doesn't indicate the individual players in each category.
Joe Smith (career numbers just short of "star" status)
Deep Bench players:
James Gist has yet to play in the NBA.
Burns is just under "deep bench" status and Strawberry has not been playing long enough for this to be a fair conclusion. Of the "deep bench" players Mustaf played the most minutes in the NBA followed by Morris but Profit actually had the longest career.
Tony Massenburg is the personification of an NBA journeyman having played in over six hundred games from 1991-2005 with over a dozen teams. Dixon has settled into a decent career as a role player but his statistics have declined over the last few years so it is unclear how much longer he can continue. Steve Blake didn't play much in his first few seasons but has really come on as a true point guard. He could work himself into the "solid" catagory with a few more decent seasons.
Smith, Williams and Wilcox were all high draft pics with Smith being the best professional of the three. To some degree all of them have been professional disappointments given expectations but only Wilcox has been a true flop. Smith and Williams have very respectable professional careers even if they didn't meet expectations.
According to this ranking Duke deserves its reputation for putting out substandard professional players. Out of the 28 players drafted since 1989 (most in the ACC) Duke has four who never played in the NBA (again most in the ACC) and four players labeled as "busts"(most in the ACC). Only Arizona (9) has more players who fit into the category of busts or guys who never played in the NBA. To be fair Duke does have more "stars" than even North Carolina during that period but 16 out of their 28 draftees were buried on the bench or never even made it to the NBA. For all the elite players that North Carolina has produced the Tarheels produced just as many mediocre pros and guys who never get out of their warmups.
Wake Forest gets the nod for the best program in the ACC at producing players who succeed based on where they are drafted but then again they only had seven players drafted during that time and the majority of their success is based off of Tim Duncan and Chris Paul. Programs like Iowa State and Utah have produced just as many or more professionals during that time.
Overall the ACC is clearly the best college basketball conference at producing NBA players. If you want to get to the NBA playing in the ACC at one of the better programs is a good way to get there but it won't do you much good to play at Virginia, Clemson, Florida State or one of the former Big East programs since almost 2/3 of players drafted out of the ACC have come from either Duke, UNC, Georgia Tech or Maryland.
A little food for thought for high school players.