Duke basketball’s official social media account published a post before the start of the NBA Draft proclaiming Wednesday as “a big night” for their guy Kyle Filipowski.

It turned out to be a long night.

The Blue Devils star was projected to be a mid-to-late 1st-round pick by virtually every reputable pre-draft prediction. But after sitting patiently among the assembled group of invited players at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 3½ hours it took to get through all 30 picks, Filipowski is still waiting to hear his name called by commissioner Adam Silver.

The only positive aspect of his draft night disappointment is that ESPN spared him the indignity that Kentucky’s Will Levis suffered in the 2023 NFL Draft by refraining from turning his green room nightmare into a nationally televised public spectacle.

That’s small consolation for a talented player who could very well have been a lottery pick had he chosen to leave Duke after his freshman season.

But Wednesday’s 1st-round snub wasn’t entirely a referendum on Filipowski’s ability or future as a productive NBA player. He just happens to be the newest poster boy for the league’s obsession with potential rather than production.

All it takes is one quick glance at Wednesday’s draft board to see how much more important what a player might do is than what that player has already done.

Of the 30 players that were taken in the 1st round, 14 are still teenagers. And 20 of the 30 were freshmen who played only 1 season of college ball or players who skipped college altogether.

It’s a group that includes Pitt’s Carlton “Bub” Carrington, the first ACC player to come off the board at No. 14 overall to Portland, Filipowski’s Duke teammate Jared McCain (No. 16 to Philadelphia) and Miami’s Kyshawn George (No. 24 to New York), a long-range prospect who started only 16 games and averaged less than 8 points for the Hurricanes.

Virginia sophomore Ryan Dunn, nearly as much of a work-in-progress as George, was the only other conference player to be taken at No. 28 by Denver.

Meanwhile, established stars Armando Bacot, PJ Hall, Reece Beekman, Harrison Ingram, DJ Burns, Judah Mintz and Filipowski will all be waiting for the draft to resume with the 2nd (and final) round Thursday to find out where – or in some cases – if they’ll go.

Until then, here are a few takeaways from the opening round and the 4 ACC players that were selected:

Four on the floor

It would be easy to classify the ACC’s 1st-round results as a disappointment, considering Filipowski’s omission and the fact that it took 14 selections for Carrington to become the 1st conference player to come off the board.

That’s the longest the ACC has had to wait for its 1st player to be taken in an NBA Draft since NC State’s JJ Hickson went 19th overall in 2008.

All that having been said, it was still a pretty good night for a conference that consistently outperforms the low expectations others are so eager to place upon it.

Take, for instance, the 4 players who were drafted.

That’s 1 fewer than the ACC got a year ago. But it’s still 1 more in this year’s draft than the SEC, Big Ten and Big East. And 2 more than the Big 12. The 4 selections tied the dearly departed Pac-12 and the nation of France for the most by anyone.

The conference has now produced at least 1 1st-round pick in each of the past 36 drafts dating to 1989 and at least 2 in each the past 16 years.

And while Carrington wasn’t taken until No. 14 by the Trail Blazers before being traded to the Washington Wizards, he was still a lottery pick. That extends the ACC streak to 16 consecutive years with at least 1 lottery selection.

Trade bait

Of the 4 ACC players taken Wednesday, all but 1 have already been sent to a different team than the one that selected them.

That includes 2 heading to the Washington Wizards, who spent the opening night of the draft stockpiling ACC talent.

Carrington was the first of the group to be on the move. Shortly after being introduced as Portland’s pick, the Pitt guard was dealt to Washington in a transaction that also sent former ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia and future picks to the Wizards for forward Deni Avdija.

Ten spots later, the New York Knicks traded the rights to George to the Wizards in exchange for the 26th pick (which it then traded to Oklahoma City) and a 2nd-rounder.

Dunn then swapped the hat he wore after being taken by the Denver Nuggets at No. 28 with one in the purple and orange of the Phoenix Suns after being traded for Dayton’s DaRon Holmes II, the No. 22 overall pick.

Only McCain, who went No. 16 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers, stayed with the team that drafted him.

“On draft night, there’s surprises everywhere, so I didn’t know where I was going,” McCain said. “I tried not to get attached to any teams. So yeah, I guess it is a surprise. But I’m happy to be here.”

Family ties

Dunn isn’t the first 1st-round pick in his family. His older brother Justin was the 19th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. A right-handed pitcher who played 3 seasons of college ball in the ACC at Boston College, Justin made it to the Majors in 2019 and has played for the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds.

He is currently a free agent rehabbing near his home in Phoenix after undergoing shoulder surgery last September.

“It’s crazy because he lives in Arizona,” said Ryan, the newest member of the Phoenix Suns. “We are both going to be in the same state again living together. It’s going to be good. Being from New York, representing only 2 athletes but as brothers in different sports, it’s amazing and I’m grateful.”

Dunn isn’t the only one with a family connection in professional sports.

Carrington is the cousin of former NBA veteran Rudy Gay, who played for 5 teams over 17 seasons – none of which was Washington.

Asked if his cousin will become a Wizards fan now that he’s on the team, Carrington said, “Sure. He ain’t got no choice.”

He expects Gay to be at his 1st game this fall. As for the advice he thinks he might get from a family member who played in the league for so long?

“Don’t suck,” Carrington said. “That’s something he would say to me.”