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Thu June 28, 2012
Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist Go One, Two In NBA Draft
NEWARK, N.J. -- Kentucky is off to a 1-2 start at the NBA draft. After the New Orleans Hornets selected Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick Thursday, Charlotte followed by taking fellow freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Davis will begin his pro career in the same city where he ended it with a national title. College basketball's player of the year as a freshman was the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four despite shooting just 1 for 10 from the field in the championship game, grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking six shots in the victory over Kansas.
Davis slipped on a blue and purple Hornets hat above a conservative gray suit that took no attention away from basketball's most famous eyebrow. Davis even attempted to capitalize on the attention his unibrow gets, trademarking "Fear The Brow" and "Raise The Brow" earlier this month.
On the floor, Davis has the agility of a guard -- and he was one only a few years ago.
The 6-foot-10 Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks, becoming a dominant defender after growing 7 inches from the start of his junior year of high school.
He led off what looked to be a busy night for the Wildcats, who boasted five potential first-round picks.
The pick of Kidd-Gilchrist was loudly cheered, a sharp contrast from the boos Commissioner David Stern received when coming out to announce the picks. The swingman played in high school at nearby St. Patrick's in Elizabeth, N.J., and fans chanted "MKG! MKG!" as he walked off the stage.
Wildcat fans had to wait a good deal longer to see a UK player drafted. The Houston Rockets selected Terrence Jones with the 18th pick of the draft.
Freshman point guard Marquis Teague was taken 29th by the Chicago Bulls.
Two other Wildcats had to wait until the second round to hear their names called. The Milwaukee Bucks selected Doron Lamb with the 42nd pick, and Darius Miller went to the Charlotte Hornets with the 46th overall selection.