UK's Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist go Back-to-Back in Draft

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

UK'S DAVIS TAKEN FIRST OVERALL

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets have selected Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

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.

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 could be a busy Thursday night for the Wildcats, who could have five first-round picks.

BOBCATS TAKE UK'S KIDD-GILCHRIST NO. 2

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats have selected Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick in the NBA draft, marking the first time two players from the same school have gone first and second overall.

The Bobcats had been in trade talks with several teams regarding the No. 2 pick before making Kidd-Gilchrist their highest draft pick in franchise history since selecting Connecticut center Omeka Okafor second overall in 2004.

The Bobcats finished with the worst winning percentage in the league in last year, but lost out on the rights to select consensus No. 1 pick Anthony Davis after losing the NBA lottery to the New Orleans Hornets. The 6-foot-7 Kidd-Gilchrist played only one season at Kentucky, where he helped them to a championship along with Davis.

JONES DRAFTED BY HOUSTON

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Rockets have taken Kentucky forward Terrence Jones with the 18th pick in the draft, their third and final selection of the first round.

The 6-foot-9 Jones played only two college seasons, and averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds last year, helping the Wildcats win the NCAA championship.

Earlier, the Rockets took Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb at No. 12 and Iowa State forward Royce White at No. 16.

The 6-5 Lamb entered the draft after just two college seasons. He averaged 17.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Huskies last year and became just the sixth sophomore in Connecticut history to score 1,000 career points (1,060). The 6-8, 270-pound White averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and five assists per game last season.


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