Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/28/12
Football conference, huh? The Southeastern Conference enjoyed watching a flurry of action early on in the first round of the NBA Draft in Newark, N.J., with the first three players selected all hailing from league members. Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were joined by Florida guard Bradley Beal, respectively, as the first three names announced by NBA commissioner David Stern. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist went Nos. 1 and 2, the first time that two players from the same school were selected as the top two picks in the same draft. Beal, at the No. 3 spot, was the highest Gator selected since Atlanta's Al Horford in the 2007 NBA Draft. It is a significant accomplishment for a conference primarily known as a football factory and basketball afterthought, but this was a long time coming after the season the SEC enjoyed. Kentucky reclaimed national supremacy with its star-studded roster. Kentucky had four players selected in the first round, which tied North Carolina for the most players drafted in the first round. The SEC ended up with eight players drafted in the first round most of any conference. Vanderbilt's John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli, Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague and Mississippi State forward Arnette Moultrie were also first-round selections.
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