BOZICH: Kentucky NCAA Champs Now Setting NBA Draft Records
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Nearly three months after the 2012 college basketball season ended, the University of Kentucky basketball team is still setting records.
Anthony Davis getting selected first in the NBA Draft by New Orleans was a no-brainer. Here was the shocker: Charlotte took Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Davis's UK teammate, second.
It's the first time in draft history that players from the same team were selected 1-2 in the draft. Terrence Jones became Kentucky's third first round selection when Houston took the UK sophomore with the 18th pick.
Kidd-Gilchrist seemed shocked and nearly speechless after he finished shaking the hand of NBA commissioner David Stern and spoke with Mark Jones of ESPN.
"This is a blessing for me," he said. "Oh, my gosh. It means a lot."
Davis, the national player of the year and Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four when UK won the NCAA title, knew he was going to New Orleans after the Hornets won the draft lottery last month.
"I just want to come in and do the best I can," Davis told Jones.
Florida guard Bradley Beal was taken third by Washington. He will team with former UK guard John Wall with the Wizards. It is the first time three players from the same league were selected 1-2-3.
Cleveland also made a surprising pick at Number Four, taking Dion Waiters, who averaged only 12 points per game for the Orange. Kansas center Thomas Robinson went fifth to Sacramento.
The next four picks were Damian Lillard of Weber State to Portland (sixth); Harrison Barnes of North Carolina to Golden State (seventh); Terrence Ross of Washington to Toronto (eighth) and Andre Drummond of UConn to Detroit (ninth).
North Carolina had four of the first 17 picks, starting with Barnes. He was followed by point guard Kendall Marshall who went 13th to Phoenix. John Henson was taken 14th by Milwaukee. Dallas took Tyler Zeller 17th, but traded him to Cleveland for three second-round picks.
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