Surely you know by now that history was made at the NBA Draft Thursday night. In addition to the SEC racking up the honors, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made the record books by being the first teammates to be drafted first and second overall in the NBA Draft. But did you know that their going No. 1 and No. 2 is historic in more than just professional basketball?
Guy Ramsey and media relations assistant Alex Combs at the UK Athletics Cat Scratches blog did some research and found that such a thing is rare in all four major American sports.
It’s never happened in the NBA, MLB and NHL, and hasn’t happened in the NFL since 2000, when Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington were taken first and second overall out of Penn State. It also happened in 1984 (Irving Fryar and Dean Steinkuhler from Nebraska) and 1967 (Bubba Smith and Clint Jones from Michigan State).
Taking things a step further, it’s only the fifth time two teammates have been selected at the top of a draft. In the NHL, where players are drafted from amateur club teams more often than colleges, teammates from Canadian club teams were taken first in second in 1969 (Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif from the Montreal Junior Canadiens) and 1963 (Garry Monahan and Pete Mahovlich from the St. Michael’s Juveniles).
I bet you didn’t expect to read about Canadian junior hockey today, did you?
For clarification: Only four times in the history of the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL have two college teammates been taken No. 1 and No. 2 in their respective drafts. The three times it has happened in the NFL, and Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist just the other night in the NBA. The two other times it has happened in the NHL, those were not college players.
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