Anthony Davis was the first player to hear his name called in the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Prudential Center, as the 6-foot-10 center from the University of Kentucky was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Hornets, as expected.
Davis, the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, anchored Kentucky's national championship-winning team in his freshman season, averaging 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.7 blocks during the regular season. After winning the national title, Davis declared for the NBA Draft and was instantly labeled the premier talent of this year's draft.
Davis, a 19-year-old Chicago native, returns to the site of Kentucky's championship, New Orleans, now as a member of the Hornets. New Orleans, which was owned by the NBA this season, won the draft lottery. The Hornets already have two centers, Chris Kaman and Darryl Watkins, but Davis will almost certainly usurp their minutes right from the start.