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UK First School Ever to Produce Top Two Draft Picks

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I think we kinda knew that, between Kentucky and North Carolina, the NBA Draft in New York City would definitely be tinted blue. But it’s Wildcat Blue that dominated the top of the draft. For the first time in history, one school has produced the top two picks in the NBA Draft. And that school is the University of Kentucky.


John Calipari’s seemingly superhuman recruiting prowess hit a grand slam home run in the Big Apple on Thursday night when the name that was called after Anthony Davis–yeah, he went #1 (shocker)–was that of power forward phenom Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Kidd-Gilchrist–the 18-year-old athletic wunderkind from Elizabeth, New Jersey–amused the masses back in February with the declaration that he would not leave for the NBA, that he would stay at Kentucky for his sophomore year.

Right, and my other car is a Lamborghini.

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Everyone, rightly, chalked it up to Kidd just being a kid. He was made for the NBA and UK was lucky to have him and, obviously, Anthony Davis for as long as they had them. And, now, the Coach Calipari recruiting machine–more like a brand–can add one more impressive statistic. The top two picks from one school for the first time ever.

Davis, by the way, was selected by the New Orleans Hornets; Kidd-Gilchrist by the Charlotte Bobcats. Both teams have nowhere to go but up.

Other Wildcats selected in the draft were Terrence Jones (#18 to the Houston Rockets), Marquis Teague (#29 to the Chicago Bulls), Doron Lamb (#42 to the Milwaukee Bucks), and Darius Miller (#46 also to the New Orleans Hornets).

Congrats to the ‘Cats and to Coach John Calipari who can now go into a recruit’s living room with back-to-back Final Fours, a national title, and the 2012 top two to put on display.

That ain’t bad.

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