The Celtics wrapped up their 2017 draft with three picks in the second round.
After picking Jayson Tatum at No. 3, the C's drafted SMU junior wing Semi Ojeleye with the 32nd overall pick of Thursday’s draft. They followed it with Arizona senior Kadeem Allen at No. 53 and then Cal point guard Jabari Bird at No. 56.
Ojeleye, whom The Ringer’s draft guide compared to current Celtic Jae Crowder, averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in his final season at SMU. He was considered one of CSNNE’s pre-draft sleepers.
A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Allen averaged 9.8 points as a senior. Mike Schmidt of Draft Express and The Vertical really liked the pick, apparently.
Celtics killing the second round. Kadeem Allen will be a ten year pro. One of the best perimeter defenders in this draft. Great story.— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) June 23, 2017
The C's completed their night with Bird, a senior who was a college teammate of Jaylen Brown in Brown's lone season at Cal. The 6-foot-6 point guard averaged 14.1 points per game as a senior.