Bobcats Select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the Second Overall Pick in 2012 NBA Draft

June 28, 2012

The Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night selected forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, and added forward Jeffrey Taylor with the 31st overall pick in the second round. Kidd-Gilchrist comes to the Bobcats after one season at the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Wildcats 2012 NCAA National Championship team. He averaged 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 40 games. Taylor finished his career at Vanderbilt University ranked second on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,897 points with career averages of 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

An early entry candidate, the 6-7 Kidd-Gilchrist earned First Team All-Southeastern Conference and SEC All-Freshmen honors. He ranked second on the team in rebounding, third in blocks (37) and steals (37) and fourth in scoring. During the Wildcats NCAA Tournament Championship run, he captured the South Region’s Most Outstanding Player honors and was nominated for both the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Men’s Basketball Player of the Year award.

As a senior at St. Patrick High School in New Jersey, he averaged 20.2 points and 11.0 rebounds and was one of four finalists for the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year Award and one of five finalists for the Naismith National High School Player of the Year Award.

The 6-7 Taylor is the only player in Vanderbilt school history to rank in the Top 10 in career scoring (1,897), rebounding (752) and steals (146). During his senior season, he appeared in 36 games and averaged 16.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 32.1 minutes. He was named First Team All-SEC in 2012 and Second Team in 2010 and 2011, while also being named to the SEC All-Defensive team in each of the last three seasons. In 2008 Taylor played for the Swedish National Team in the FIBA Under-20 European Division B Championships, where he averaged 19.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in eight games.