NBA Draft 2012: New Orleans Hornets Welcome 2 Kentucky Wildcats to Big Easy

Matthew DickerContributor IIIJune 29, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Anthony Davis (R) of the Kentucky Wildcats greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number one overall by the New Orleans Hornets during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The creole blue of the New Orleans Hornets is looking a bit bluer after the team drafted two members of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday night in Anthony Davis and Darius Miller. 

The selection of Davis at No. 1 came as a surprise to precisely no one, with SLAM Magazine going so far as to put him on the cover before the draft in his new Hornets uniform.

More surprising was the selection of Miller, who was projected by many to be off the draft board by the time the Hornets selected at 46. The Hornets were likely also surprised by Miller's availability, since he was not one of the 27 players who worked out for the team in advance of the draft.

Davis comes to New Orleans after winning the AP, Naismith, Rupp, Wooden and other player of the year awards on his way to leading Kentucky to the national championship. The consensus first team All-American is an outstanding defensive player who averaged 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game in his sole year of college ball.

He is also a strong presence on the offensive side, averaging 14.2 points per game with a field-goal percentage of 62.3 percent. Davis will almost certainly be an immediate starter for the Hornets.

Miller is the sole senior of Kentucky's historic draft class, and he put up big minutes in all four years of his time in Lexington. The Hornets were in need of the 6'7" small forward's services after the team dealt Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards, leaving Al-Farouq Aminu as the team's small forward.

Miller prefers to play on the perimeter, which will help open up the lane for Davis and whoever is assigned to play center for the Hornets. He is a good shooter, but needs to get more aggressive in the lane.

Miller has already expressed his excitement to join his Kentucky teammate, tweeting "N.O!!!!!!!! With my Lil bruh!!!!"

Joining Davis and Miller in New Orleans is Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers, perhaps the top prep player in the country before committing to play for Coach K. Rivers, a natural shooting guard, will likely have to move to point guard due to the presence of team leader Eric Gordon.