Kentucky rules college basketball and the NBA Draft.
Wildcat stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the first two selections in Thursday's draft, a Kentucky 1-2 freshman punch that helped the Wildcats storm to the NCAA title in April.
Davis went No. 1 to the New Orleans Hornets in a move most people saw coming. The long-armed 6-foot-10 star was the clear-cut choice atop most draft boards.
Kidd-Gilchrist -- also projected among the top few picks -- went to the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 2.
Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist were key figures on a Kentucky team that went 38-2 and won the national championship in April. Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game while Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Davis was a sure-fire No. 1 pick since declaring for the draft, though Kidd-Gilchrist's early selection surprised some.
Florida's Bradley Beal went at No. 3 to the Washington Wizards, making it three straight freshmen to start. Beal, whose stock soared in the weeks before the draft, averaged 14.8 points per game for the Gators.
Syracuse guard Dion Waiters -- who didn't start a game last season for the Orange -- went to the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 4.
Rounding out the top five was Kansas star Thomas Robinson, who went to the Sacramento Kings.
Weber State's Damian Lillard went No. 6 to Portland. Golden State snagged Harrison Barnes of North Carolina at No. 7. Washington's Terrence Ross went No. 8 to Toronto. And Detroit chose Connecticut's Andre Drummond at No. 9.
That set the stage for New Orleans to take highly touted Austin Rivers at No. 10, giving the Hornets two of the draft's most coveted raw talents.
Portland added Meyers Leonard at No. 11 and Houston scooped up UConn's Jeremy Lamb at No. 12 before two more Tar Heels went Nos. 13 and 14. Houston selected Kendall Marshall and Milwaukee picked up John Henson. St. John's Maurice Harkless was picked up at No. 15 by Philadelphia.
Houston was up again at No. 16 and chose Iowa State's Royce White. Yet another North Carolina product, Tyler Zeller, went No. 17 to Dallas, though rumors are that a trade is in the works to send him to Cleveland.
The Rockets made Terrence Jones the third Kentucky player chosen in the first round at No. 18. Andrew Nicholson, a physics major from St. Bonaventure went No. 19 to Orlando.
Denver finished up the top 20 by selecting the first international player of the draft, Evan Fournier of France.
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