NEWARK, NJ (WRCB/AP) -- Anthony Davis was the first Southeastern Conference player to hear his name called Thursday night.
He was far from the last.
The Kentucky big man was the first of 12 SEC players taken in the 2012 NBA Draft when the New Orleans Hornets selected him with the night's very first pick.
Davis' UK teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist then went to the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 2 before Florida's Bradley Beal was drafted third overall by Washington. It was the first time since 1986 that the draft's top three picks all came from the same conference.
Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist were just the tip of the Kentucky iceberg that made up half the SEC's draft class.
Terrence Jones (No. 18 to Houston), Marquis Teague (No. 29 to Chicago), Doron Lamb (No. 42 to Milwaukee) and Darius Miller (No. 46 to New Orleans) gave the Wildcats six selections on the night, which was the most in one year from the same school in the history of the NBA's two-round draft format.
UNLV had six players drafted in 1977... when the draft had ten rounds.
Kentucky also accounted for half the SEC's eight first round picks. The ACC was next with six players selected in round one and eight overall.
Vanderbilt had three players drafted, including two in the first round. John Jenkins became the first Commodore since Will Perdue in 1988 to go in the first round when Atlanta took him with the 23rd pick. His college teammates Festus Ezili (No. 30 to Golden State) and Jeffrey Taylor (No. 31 to Charlotte) came off the board a short time later.
Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie (No. 27 to Miami) was the SEC's other first-round pick.
LSU's Justin Hamilton (No. 45 to Philadelphia) joined Taylor, Lamb and Miller in the second round.
North Carolina followed Kentucky with four players drafted, while Syracuse and Baylor matched Vanderbilt with three selections.
Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy was the first Golden Eagle drafted since 1993, going to the Utah Jazz in round two (pick No. 47 overall).