NBA prospect Davis from the University of Kentucky shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Hornets as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, in Newark

Kentucky makes history at the NBA Draft on two fronts

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It didn’t take long for Kentucky to make NBA Draft history on Thursday night.

And by the end of the draft John Calipari’s program had done two things no other school has ever done.

For the first time in the history of the draft the top two picks hail from the same school, with Anthony Davis going to New Orleans as expected and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist being picked by Charlotte.

And with Florida guard Bradley Beal going to Washington with the third pick the SEC can claim the top three picks in the draft, another occurrence that had never happened before tonight.

This is the second time in John Calipari’s three seasons in Lexington in which Kentucky can claim two Top 5 picks in the draft.

John Wall (1st) and DeMarcus Cousins (5th) were both Top 5 selections in 2010.

Kentucky didn’t end up with five first-round selections as some thought to be possible, but they did get four as Terrence Jones (18th, Houston) and Marquis Teague (29th, Chicago) were called.

Guards Doron Lamb (42nd, Milwaukee) and Darius Miller (46th, New Orleans) went in the second round, pushing the Wildcats’ total up to six.

That is a record for the common draft era (since 1966, when territorial selections were eliminated), but there are more impressive numbers that Kentucky can claim.

In three seasons in Lexington, John Calipari has seen 11 first-rounders and 15 draftees represent the Wildcats.

In the fifteen seasons prior to his arrival according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky had ten first-rounders and 15 draftees total.

When the ultimate goal of so many elite players is to reach the NBA, those are some impressive numbers to bring up while on the recruiting trail.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

No. 24 Cincinnati beats George Washington 61-56

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NEW YORK (AP) Troy Caupain scored 16 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:38 to play, and No. 24 Cincinnati beat George Washington 61-56 on Saturday in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic.

The fact the game came down to a three-point play was ironic as both teams took 22 3-point attempts and there were times it seemed a 3-point shooting broke out.

Caupain’s traditional three-point play gave the Bearcats (7-0) a 55-54 lead. After a missed 3 by the Colonials (6-1) Octavius Ellis, who chosen the tournament MVP, scored on a tip-in. Patricio Garino scored on a drive for George Washington with 29 seconds left.

The Colonials let the Bearcats pass the ball around and they finally fouled when Ellis touched the ball with 14 seconds to play. Ellis, a 56 percent free throw shooter, clinched his MVP award by making both for a 59-56 lead. Two free throws by Caupain with 6.1 seconds left capped the scoring.

Farad Cobb and Kevin Johnson both had 11 points for the Bearcats while Ellis had nine points and seven rebounds.

Garino had 15 points for George Washington, Tyler Cavanaugh had 13 and Joe McDonald 11.

The Colonials finished 11 of 22 from 3-point range, not bad for a team that came in shooting 27.9 percent (29 of 104) from there. The 50 percent doesn’t look so good when you consider the Colonials made five of their first six 3-point attempts and were 8 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half. They went 16:42 between 2-point field goals but led 30-27 at halftime.

The Bearcats were 7 of 22 from 3-point range but their advantage came at the free throw line where they were 10 of 12 compared to George Washington’s 3 of 4.


George Washington: The Colonials beat Tennessee in the opening round and they were 3 of 15 on 3s. … George Washington was off to its best start since it was8-0 in 2005-06. … The Colonials finished 10 for 34 from 2-point range.

Cincinnati: The win gives the Bearcats a 13-1 all-time record against George Washington and this was their sixth straight. The last win came on Jan. 31, 1976. … Cincinnati is 7-0 for the fourth time in the last six seasons. … The Bearcats are 51-8 in and have won 24 of 25 in November under coach Mick Cronin. They have won 49 straight games when scoring over 60 points. The 60th point against the Colonials came with 6.1 seconds to play.


George Washington hosts Seton Hall on Wednesday.

Cincinnati hosts Butler on Wednesday.

Wichita State’s Anton Grady improving after being hospitalized

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Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.

According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.

The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.

Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.

The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.