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Kentucky Teammates Go 1-2 in NBA Draft 8

Posted: June 29, 2012, 11:30 AM ; Updated: June 29, 2012, 11:42 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Best in the country and No. 1 and 2 in the NBA draft. The celebration goes on for Kentucky's kids.

The Wildcats became the first school to have the top two picks and tied a record with six players taken overall Thursday night.

After the New Orleans Hornets made the long-expected selection of forward Anthony Davis with the first pick, Charlotte followed by taking fellow freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

"It's crazy," Davis said. "Michael is a great player. We have two down and four more to go. Hopefully, all of them will go in the first round."

They didn't, the only disappointment for the Wildcats. They settled for four in the first round and a tie with North Carolina, which won the race to four picks - all in the top 17 selections.

Harrison Barnes (No. 7, Golden State), Kendall Marshall (No. 13, Phoenix), John Henson (No. 14, Milwaukee) and Tyler Zeller (No. 17, Dallas) all went between Kidd-Gilchrist and the next Kentucky player, Terrence Jones at No. 18 to Houston.

Zeller's rights were later traded to Cleveland for a package that included No. 24 pick Jared Cunningham of Oregon State.

Otherwise, it was the Wildcats' night, starting with a hug between Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist after the first selection.

"My arm was shaking and my hands were sweaty. Got up and hugged Michael, my best friend, wanted to hug him for a minute," Davis said. "When my name got called, wanted to make sure he stayed close."

He did - following Davis as the next player to climb onto the stage and shake Commissioner David Stern's hand.

Kentucky got its fourth first-round pick at No. 29 with Marquis Teague, another freshman, who is headed to Chicago as a possible replacement for the injured Derrick Rose. Doron Lamb went 42nd to Milwaukee and Darius Miller was 46th to New Orleans.

Only UNLV in 1977 had six players drafted - but none in the first round.

John Calipari has been criticized for recruiting "one-and-done" players, they stay the required one year and leave, but he looked thrilled hugging his two stars at the start of the night.

It's been a long time since a school made such an impact at the top of the draft.

UCLA had the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in 1969, when Milwaukee took Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - then Lew Alcindor - and Lucius Allen went third to the Seattle SuperSonics.

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.

A season after the Hornets traded longtime star Chris Paul, Davis is ready to be their centerpiece, since playing for the Wildcats means he's already accustomed to plenty of attention.

"Like I said, at Kentucky we had it all the time, especially the six who played, we had the spotlight all the time," Davis said. "I think it really prepared me."

Charlotte, coming off a 7-59 season and the worst winning percentage in NBA history, had been open to moving the No. 2 pick if it found the right deal. Instead, Michael Jordan's team went with Kidd-Gilchrist, whose selection by the Bobcats was loudly cheered, a sharp contrast from the boos Stern received when coming out to announce the picks.

The new Charlotte 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. Though he and Davis talked before the draft, they didn't discuss the history the Wildcats were about to make.

"No. I was shocked at first," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "I was shocked. But no, we didn't. We didn't at all."

Florida's Bradley Beal went third to Washington, making it three SEC freshman in the first three picks. Cleveland followed with the surprisingly early pick of Syracuse sixth man Dion Waiters at No. 4.

Thomas Robinson of Kansas, who hoped to go second, fell to Sacramento at No. 5. Portland took Weber State's Damian Lillard at No. 6 with its first of two lottery picks, and Barnes was taken seventh by Golden State.

After Washington's Terrence Ross went to Toronto and Connecticut's Andre Drummond to Detroit, the Hornets rounded out the top 10 by taking Duke guard Austin Rivers with a pick they acquired in the Paul trade. Rivers hugged his father, Boston coach Doc Rivers, who came to be with his family instead of with the Celtics, who owned two later first-round picks.

ROUND 1
1 New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky
2 Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky
3 Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida
4 Cleveland Cavaliers: Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse
5 Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas
6 Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State
7 Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
8 Toronto Raptors: Terrence Ross, SG, Washington
9 Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond, PF, Connecticut
10 New Orleans Hornets: Austin Rivers, G, Duke
11 Portland Trail Blazers: Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois
12 Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lamb, G/F, Connecticut
13 Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina
14 Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson, PF, North Carolina
15 Philadelphia 76ers: Moe Harkless, SF, St. John's
16 Houston Rockets: Royce White, SF, Iowa State
17 Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Zeller, F/C, North Carolina (traded to Cleveland)
18 Houston Rockets: Terrence Jones, SF, Kentucky
19 Orlando Magic: Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure
20 Denver Nuggets: Evan Fournier, SG, France
21 Boston Celtics: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State
22 Boston Celtics: Fab Melo, C, Syracuse
23 Atlanta Hawks: John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt
24 Cleveland Cavaliers: Jared Cunningham, G, Oregon State (traded to Dallas)
25 Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten, PG, Washington
26 Indiana Pacers: Miles Plumlee, PF, Duke
27 Miami Heat: Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State (traded to Philadelphia)
28 Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III, F, Baylor
29 Chicago Bulls: Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky
30 Golden State Warriors: Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt

ROUND 2
1 Charlotte Bobcats: Jeffery Taylor, F, Vanderbilt
2 Washington Wizards: Tomas Satoransky, G, Spain
3 Cleveland Cavaliers: Bernard James, PF, Florida State (traded to Dallas)
4 Cleveland Cavaliers: Jae Crowder, F, Marquette (traded to Dallas)
5 Golden State Warriors: Draymond Green, SF, Michigan State
6 Sacramento Kings: Orlando Johnson, SF, UC-Santa Barbara (traded to Indiana)
7 Toronto Raptors: Quincy Acy, PF, Baylor
8 Denver Nuggets: Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor
9 Detroit Pistons: Khris Middleton, F, Texas A&M
10 Portland Trail Blazers: Will Barton, SG, Memphis
11 Portland Trail Blazers: Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas (traded to Brooklyn)
12 Milwaukee Bucks: Doron Lamb, G, Kentucky
13 Atlanta Hawks: Mike Scott, PF, Virginia
14 Detroit Pistons: Kim English, G, Missouri
15 Philadelphia 76ers: Justin Hamilton, C, LSU (traded to Miami)
16 New Orleans Hornets: Darius Miller, F, Kentucky
17 Utah Jazz: Kevin Murphy, G, Tennessee Tech
18 New York Knicks: Kostas Papanikolaou, F, Greece
19 Orlando Magic: Kyle O'Quinn, C, Norfolk State
20 Denver Nuggets: Izzet Turkyilmaz, C, Turkey
21 Boston Celtics: Kris Joseph, F, Syracuse
22 Golden State Warriors: Ognjen Kuzmic, C, Spain
23 Los Angeles Clippers: Furkan Aldemir, PF, Turkey
24 Philadelphia 76ers: Tornike Shengelia, F, Belgium (traded to Brooklyn)
25 Dallas Mavericks: Darius Johnson-Odom, SG, Marquette (traded to L.A. Lakers)
26 Minnesota Timberwolves: Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue
27 Toronto Raptors: Tomislav Zubcic, F, Croatia
28 Brooklyn Nets: Ilkan Karaman, SF, Turkey
29 San Antonio Spurs: Marcus Denmon, G, Missouri
30 Los Angeles Lakers: Robert Sacre, C, Gonzaga

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8 Comments

I thought Unibrow was going to the Bobcats

cavs dumbest team in leauge for taking dion waiters at 4.

Jeremy Lamb shouldve been top 5-10 not 12. Bt 12 is good too.

Go Kentucky Wildctas draftees, Marquis Teague, and John Jenkins!

John Jenkins went to vandy

YEAH!! UK!!!!!

OH Please!!
It was all Indiana!

Sweet

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