Friday, June 29, 2012
Draft becoming a Kentucky showcase
By ESPN Stats & Info
Kentucky's Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats) went 1-2 in the 2012 NBA draft, marking the first time in the common draft era that college teammates were selected with the first two picks.
Overall, Kentucky had six players (Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist) drafted in the first two rounds, a high for any school in the first two rounds in the common draft era.
In the past three years, Kentucky has had a total of 14 players drafted, a high for a school over any three-year span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Including Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky coach John Calipari can now claim to have coached seven top-five picks in his career. And three of those picks have gone No. 1 overall (Davis, John Wall, Derrick Rose).
Davis became the fifth player to be drafted No. 1 overall after winning a national championship, joining Danny Manning, James Worthy, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Davis averaged just 14.2 points per game in his lone collegiate season. It's the lowest scoring average by a top overall pick in his final college season in the common draft era, just less than the 14.5 points per game Patrick Ewing averaged in his final season at Georgetown.
And Davis is the third consecutive freshman to be drafted with the top pick, having been preceded by Kyrie Irving in 2011 and Wall in 2010.
Teammates being drafted in the first round was a theme in this year's draft.
North Carolina, Duke, Connecticut, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Washington joined Kentucky as schools with multiple players taken in the first round.
It's the most schools with multiple first-round picks in a single draft in the common draft era.
From that list, North Carolina, Kentucky and Connecticut all had multiple players selected in the top 15. It's the first time since 1998, and just the third time in the common draft era, that three schools had multiple selections in the top 15.
North Carolina also had multiple top-15 picks in 1998, along with Arizona and Kansas. In 1981, Maryland, Utah and Notre Dame each had multiple players go in the top 15.