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Newest Hornets Davis, Rivers introduced to media


New Orleans, La. - Number one overall pick in the NBA draft Anthony Davis and Duke guard Austin Rivers, picked at number ten, were introduced to the media Friday by Hornets owner Tom Benson.

"The Hornets will enjoy the same success as recent Saints success real soon," said team owner Tom Benson. "What an exciting way to start with two great players."

"We have added an incredibly talented, athletic big man with great length who is also a proven winner," Hornets coach Monty Williams said of the 6-foot-11 Davis, who is nicknamed "the unibrow."

"We felt like we needed guys who could create their own shot and we got that in Austin. I've talked about length forever and we got athleticism and length in the best player in the draft in Anthony. And then Darius was a bit of a bonus," Williams said. "We feel like we drafted the guys we wanted."

Davis has been the consensus No. 1 pick for months, so the Kentucky star has been virtually assured of playing for New Orleans since the Hornets won the NBA draft lottery a month ago.

The 19-year-old Davis, who was The Associated Press Player of the Year as a freshman, will now earn his living in the city where he helped the Wildcats win a national title last spring.

Davis was also named most outstanding player of the Final Four, tying an NCAA championship game record with six blocked shots against Kansas to go with 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals.



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