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    SEC in the 2012 NBA Draft

    By Tim Letcher
    Twitter: @TimLetcher
    SEC Digital Network

    The Southeastern Conference made quite a statement in Thursday's NBA Draft, with the first three selections being former SEC stars.

    New Orleans opened the draft by taking former Kentucky big man Anthony Davis with the number one pick. Davis, the SEC and national player of the year, is expected to be the cornerstone of the Hornets' rebuilding effort.

    The second overall pick was ex-Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats. Kidd-Gilchrist will try to help Charlotte bounce back from one of the worst seasons in NBA history.

    Kentucky became the first school to ever have the number one and number two selection in the same draft when Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist went 1-2.

    Bradley Beal, the former Florida guard, was the third pick in the draft, as he was selected by the Washington Wizards. Beal will join former Kentucky point guard John Wall to form the Wizards' backcourt for years to come.

    With SEC rookies going 1-2-3, this marks the first time in draft history that freshmen were taken with the first three picks.

    Kentucky produced its third pick of the first round when the Houston Rockets selected Terrence Jones with the 18th overall pick. Jones returned to Kentucky for his sophomore season and was a key cog in the Wildcats' run to the national championship.

    Vanderbilt sharpshooter John Jenkins was chosen with the 23rd overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks. Jenkins was widely considered the best shooter in this year's draft.

    The Miami Heat, coming off of a World Championship season, picked Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie with the 27th selection in the first round. Moultrie was later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Marquis Teague from Kentucky was selected No. 29 by the Chicago Bulls. Teague developed as a point guard during the season, while leading the Wildcats to the national title. He joins his brother Jeff, a guard for the Atlanta Hawks, in the league.

    The first round ended with Golden State selecting Festus Ezeli from Vanderbilt with the 30th pick. Ezeli brings a rebounding presence to the Warriors.

    The Charlotte Bobcats made it back-to-back Commodores by picking Jeffery Taylor with the first pick in the second round. Taylor has explosiveness off the dribble and should be able to help the Bobcats right away.

    The fifth Kentucky player came off the board when the Milwaukee Bucks selected Doron Lamb with the 42nd pick. Lamb is an outstanding outside shooter and can also play point guard.

    LSU center Justin Hamilton went 45th overall, to the Philadelphia 76ers, but was later traded to the Miami Heat.

    Kentucky became the first school to ever have six players selected in the first two rounds when New Orleans picked Darius Miller at No. 46.


    SEC Players In The 2012 NBA Draft

    Check back often - list will be updated throughout the draft

    Pick NBA Team Player Pos. School
    ROUND 1
    1 New Orleans Hornets
    Anthony Davis
    F/C Kentucky
    2 Charlotte Bobcats
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    F Kentucky
    3 Washington Wizards
    Bradley Beal
    G Florida
    18 Houston Rockets
    Terrence Jones
    F Kentucky
    23 Atlanta Hawks
    John Jenkins
    G Vanderbilt
    27 Miami Heat (traded to Philadelphia 76ers)
    Arnett Moultrie
    F Mississippi State
    29 Chicago Bulls
    Marquis Teague
    G Kentucky
    30 Golden State Warriors
    Festus Ezeli
    F/C Vanderbilt
    ROUND 2
    31 Charlotte Bobcats
    Jeffery Taylor
    F Vanderbilt
    42 Milwaukee Bucks
    Doron Lamb
    G Kentucky
    45 Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Miami Heat)
    Justin Hamilton
    C LSU
    46 New Orleans Hornets
    Darius Miller
    G/F Kentucky