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Former Wildcat Kidd-Gilchrist named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a key part of John Calipari’s national championship team and the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month on Wednesday for games played in October and November.

Kidd-Gilchrist was the only rookie who ranked in the top 10 in scoring (10.9 points per game, fifth), rebounding (6.5 rpg, sixth), assists (1.5 apg. eighth), steals (1.2 spg, fourth) and blocks (1.3 bpg, second). On Nov. 10 against the Dallas Mavericks, he posted career highs in points (25) and rebounds (12) while leading the Charlotte Bobcats to a 101-97 victory.

Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds for the national championship Wildcats last year.

When Kidd-Gilchrist was taken behind Anthony Davis in last year’s draft, it marked the first time in NBA history a pair of college teammates went 1-2 in the draft.

After a strong start, Davis has been sidelined most of the season with an ankle injury.