Six former Wildcats made history tonight as all six players were selected in the NBA Draft, led by Anthony Davis, the second Wildcat selected as the first overall pick in the last three years.
Davis was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Hornets, followed by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 by the Charlotte Bobcats. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist are the first teammates to go No. 1-2 in NBA Draft history.
Terrence Jones went 18th to the Houston Rockets, while Marquis Teague went 29th to the Chicago Bulls. Doron Lamb was the 42nd overall pick (12th pick in the second round) by the Milwaukee Bucks, and Darius Miller ended the night for Kentucky when he was selected 46th (16th pick in the second round) by the Hornets joining teammate Davis.
Player Drafted by Rd. # Pick # Overall
Anthony Davis New Orleans Hornets 1 1 1
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte Bobcats 1 2 2
Terrence Jones Houston Rockets 1 18 18
Marquis Teague Chicago Bulls 1 29 29
Doron Lamb Milwaukee Bucks 2 12 42
Darius Miller New Orleans Hornets 2 16 46
It marks the first time that six players from the same school were selected since the NBA Draft went to two rounds in 1989. UNLV is the only other team with six players selected in a single draft which the Runnin’ Rebels achieved in the 1977 10-round draft.
Davis joins John Wall (Washington Wizards, 2010) as the only overall No. 1 picks in Kentucky history.
2012 NBA Draft Notes
· Following the 2012 NBA Draft, Kentucky has had 106 guys drafted 108 times (Johnny Cox ’58 and Roger Newman ’60 both drafted in Jr. eligible draft, but returned for senior year and were drafted again).
· Anthony Davis (No. 1) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (No. 2) are the first teammates to be taken No. 1 and 2 in the history of the NBA Draft.
· As of 2012, UK has had 31 players selected in the opening round (11 have come in the last three years) of the draft.
· Following the 2012 draft, UK has had 15 players selected in the draft over the last three years.
· The Wildcats set a new single-draft high for Kentucky players drafted in a single year. The 2010 draft had five UK players selected, and the 1984 draft also had five Wildcats.
· The only other school in draft history to have six players selected in one draft was UNLV in the 1977 10-round draft. Since the draft went to a two-round format in 1989, there have been four schools (Connecticut-2006), Florida (2007), Kansas (2008) and Kentucky (2010) with five players selected in the same draft. Kentucky is the first school to post five or more picks in more than one draft class.
· It would mark the first time in the history of the program four or more Kentucky players have been selected in three consecutive seasons.
· With Anthony Davis selected as the No. 1 pick, Kentucky is the only school since the 2000 draft to have two No. 1 picks (John Wall – 2010).
· With Davis going No. 1 overall, John Calipari will have coached three No. 1 picks in the last five years. And his three No. 1 picks are the most by one coach in NBA Draft history.
· Anthony Davis became the second No. 1 overall pick in school history. John Wall became the first Wildcat selected first overall in 2010. Davis was the third SEC player taken No. 1 overall which includes Shaquille O’Neal of LSU in 1992.
· Following the 2012 draft, Kentucky has had six players selected in the top 10, seven in the top 15 and 11 in the first round of the draft in the last three years.
· Kentucky has had four pairs of teammates taken in the top 10 of the draft in the same year: (Sam Bowie - 2nd, Melvin Turpin 6th in 1984; John Wall – 1st and DeMarcus Cousins 5th in 2010; Enes Kanter – 3rd and Brandon Knight 8th in 2011; Anthony Davis – 1st and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – 2nd).
· In 2010 Kentucky became the 12th school with a No. 1 overall draft pick in both basketball and football as John Wall (2010 – men’s basketball) and Tim Couch (football – 1999) were UK’s picks. With Anthony Davis going No. 1 overall, Kentucky now becomes one of just six schools with three or more No. 1 overall draft picks in football and basketball. UK joins Ohio State, Oklahoma, Utah, Michigan and UCLA as the others to achieve the feat.
· Kentucky became one of 15 schools with multiple No. 1 overall picks in the NBA draft joining: Cincinnati (Oscar Robertson – 1960 and Kenyon Martin – 2000), Duke (Art Heyman – 1963, Elton Brand – 1999 and Kyrie Irving – 2011), Duquesne (Dick Ricketts – 1955 and Sihugo Green – 1956), Georgetown (Patrick Ewing – 1985 and Allen Iverson – 1996), Houston (Elvin Hayes -1968 and Akeem Olajuwon – 1984) , Indiana (Walt Bellamy – 1961 and Kent Benson – 1977), Kansas State (Howie Shannon – 1949 and Bob Boozer – 1959), Kentucky (John Wall – 2010 and Anthony Davis – 2012), Maryland (John Lucas – 1976 and Joe Smith – 1995), Michigan (Cazzie Russell – 1966 and Chris Webber – 1993), North Carolina (James Worthy – 1982 and Brad Daugherty - 1986) Purdue (Joe Barry Carroll – 1980 and Glenn Robinson – 1994), UCLA (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 1969 and Bill Walton – 1974), Utah (Bill McGill – 1962 and Andrew Bogut – 2005 and West Virginia (Mark Workman – 1952 and Rod Hundley – 1957).
· With Davis earning the No. 1 overall pick, Kentucky’s two-year gap between No. 1 overall draft selections from one school is second only to Duquesne which had No. 1 overall selections in back-to-back years in 1955 and 1956.
· UK is one of 43 different universities to have a player selected No. 1 overall in the history of the draft.
· With multiple picks in its third consecutive NBA draft, Kentucky joins two other schools in having two-or more players selected in three consecutive drafts since 1992. Calipari is one of only two coaches to have three consecutive NBA drafts be coupled with multiple players from his school since 1992 joining Mike Krzyzewski from Duke.
o Kentucky – 2012, 2011, 2010
o Memphis – 2010, 2009, 2008
o Duke – 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992
· Coach John Calipari has had two or more players selected in FIVE consecutive NBA drafts dating back to 2008 with Memphis. He has three players who have been taken No. 1 overall. Following the 2012 draft, Calipari has had eight players taken in the top 10 of the draft in the last three seasons and 11 taken in the first round of the draft.
· Since 2000 only 15 coaches have had multiple players taken in the NBA Draft in more than one draft. Here’s a breakdown of coaches who have achieved the feat in multiple seasons since 2000. Calipari is the only coach to have multiple players selected in five consecutive drafts.
o Rick Barnes (2011, 2010 and 2006 with Texas)
o Jim Boeheim (2010, 2000 with Syracuse)
o Jim Calhoun (2009, 2006, 2004 and 2000 with Connecticut)
o John Calipari (2012, 2011, 2010 with Kentucky; 2009 and 2008 with Memphis)
o Jeff Capel (2010 and 2009 with Oklahoma)
o Billy Donovan (2011, 2007 and 2000 with Florida)
o Ben Howland (2011, 2009, 2008, 2006 with UCLA)
o Bob Huggins (2010 with WVU and 2000 with Cincinnati)
o Tom Izzo (2006, 2001 and 2000 with Michigan State)
o Mike Krzyzewski (2011, 2006, 2004, 2002 with Duke)
o Mike Montgomery (2001 and 2002 with Stanford and 2008 with California)
o Lute Olson (2001 and 2005 with Arizona)
o Bill Self (2011, 2008, 2003 with Kansas, 2002 with Illinois)
o Jerry Wainwright (2001 and 2007 with DePaul)
o Roy Williams (2010, 2009, 2007, 2005 with North Carolina)
· With Marquis Teague taken by Chicago in the opening round of the draft, Coach John Calipari has had point guards taken in the first round of the draft for five consecutive seasons (Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, Brandon Knight and Teague).
· With eight first round picks in the opening round of the NBA Draft, it is a new record for the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky led the conference with four first-round picks.
· Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are the highest pair of teammates taken in the NBA draft in the history of the NBA Draft. UK has now set a record with the highest pair of teammates taken in a draft with three consecutive drafts consisting of teammates from Kentucky. No school had previously had consecutive drafts with the highest pair of teammates before UK achieved the feat in 2010 and 2011 since the inception of the two-round draft format began in 1992.
o 2012 – Anthony Davis (1st) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2nd) of Kentucky
o 2011 – Enes Kanter (3rd) and Brandon Knight (8th) of Kentucky
o 2010 – John Wall (1st) and DeMarcus Cousins (5th) of Kentucky
o 2009 – Tyler Hansbrough (13th) and Ty Lawson (18th) of North Carolina
o 2008 – Russell Westbrook (4th) and Kevin Love (5th) of UCLA
o 2007 – Al Horford (3rd), Corey Brewer (7th) and Joakim Noah (9th) of Florida
o 2006 – Shelden Williams (5th) and JJ Redick (11th) of Duke
o 2005 – Marvin Williams (2nd), Raymond Felton (5th), Sean May (13th) and Rashad McCants (14th) of North Carolina
o 2004 – Emeka Okaford (2nd) and Ben Gorden (3rd) of Connecticut
o 2003 – Kirk Hinrich (7th) and Nick Collison (12th) of Kansas
o 2002 – Jay Williams (2nd) and Mike Dunleavy (3rd) of Duke
o 2001 – Jason Richardson (5th) and Zach Randolph (19th) of Michigan State
o 2000 – Kenyon Martin (1st) and DerMarr Johnson (6th) of Cincinnati
o 1999 – Elton Brand (1st), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William Avery (14th) of Duke
o 1998 – Antwan Jamison (4th) and Vince Carter (5th) of North Carolina
o 1997 – Ron Mercer (6th) and Derek Anderson (13th) of Kentucky
o 1996 – Allen Iverson (1st) and Jerome Williams (26th) of Georgetown
o 1995 – Jerry Stackhouse (2nd) and Rasheed Wallance (3rd) of North Carolina
o 1994 – Jason Kidd (2nd) and Lamond Murray (7th) of California
o 1993 – Calbert Cheaney (6th) and Greg Graham (17th) of Indiana
o 1992 – Robert Horry (11th) and Latrell Sprewell (24th) of Alabama
o 1991 – Larry Johnson (1st), Stacey Augmon (9th) and Greg Anthony (12th) of UNLV
o 1990 - Rumeal Robinson (10th), Loy Vaught (13th) and Terry Mills (16th) of Michigan
o 1989 – Pervis Ellison (1st) and Kenny Payne (19th) of Louisville