Davis has been widely projected as the top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft ever since he set on Kentucky's campus. He hasn't done anything to change that, but he's not the only contender for the spot according to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com. In fact, Davis doesn't even need to look beyond the four walls of his own dorm room to discover his latest competition.
Howard-Cooper cites a "veteran NBA executive" as his source in saying Kidd-Gilchrist is very much in the conversation for the highly coveted top spot:
This says a lot about the high-energy Kentucky forward, about exceeding expectations and putting himself on a path to be picked, at worst, high in the lottery. It says that projections at the start of the season may turn meaningless for the second year in a row. It says that there's a logjam for the top spot with 5 ½ months still ahead.
Already lining up as one of the most anticipated Drafts in years, loaded with star power and depth, the 2012 proceeding has three established contenders for No. 1 and a fourth forcing his way into the conversation. Anthony Davis of Kentucky, Andre Drummond of Connecticut, Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Kidd-Gilchrist as a long shot ... and constant, shifting fortunes for all involved.
UK has had two players picked in the top eight of the draft each of the last two seasons, with John Wall picked at No. 1 and DeMarcus Cousins at No. 5 in 2010 and Enes Kanter (No. 3) and Brandon Knight (No. 8) last year. If Howard-Cooper is right, the two freshman roommates could well make it a third.