Breaking down the prospects working out with the Celtics Friday
Breaking down the six draft prospects working out with the Celtics Friday
WALTHAM, Mass. – The six players working out for the Celtics today are headlined by former Duke guard Grayson Allen.
While there was no mistaking his workout garners the most attention, here’s a look at the other five players who are in hot pursuit of their dream of someday playing in the NBA.
6-foot-7, 200 pounds, forward, Louisville
Stats last season: 15.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists
Career highlights: Louisville’s leading scorer last season; scored at least 20 points seven times. Honorable mention All-ACC; three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection.
Did you know? Left Sudan with his mother and four siblings to Uganda which led to a move to Australia in 2004. He arrived in the United States in 2013.
6-foot-6, 220 pounds, guard/forward, Oklahoma State
Stats last season: 15.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Career highlights: Named to the All-Big 12 Third Team; One of just 14 players in school history 6-6 and shorter to rank in the top 25 in both career scoring and rebounding. Had a strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament where he averaged 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Did you know? His father, Rodney Elder, played at East Texas Baptist University.
6-foot-10, 240 pounds, forward/center, Kansas
Stats last season: Played with BC Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina, appearing in three Adriatic League games while averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.8 minutes.
Career highlights: Was a 2017 McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American.
Did you know? Preston began last season with the Kansas Jayhawks, but did not play in a regular season game while awaiting an NCAA ruling on his eligibility. He left the Jayhawks in January, and signed with a team overseas. Was one of the top prep players in the country prior to enrolling at Kansas.
6-foot-5, 205 pounds, forward, Arizona
Stats last season: 18.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists
Career highlights: All-Pac 12 First Team selection (2018); Associated Press Honorable mention All-American (2018); ranked 27th on Arizona’s all-time scorer’s list with 1,307 points. His 141 points in the Pac-12 Tournament ranks second in school history to Sean Elliott (166).
Did you know? He was the focus of a New York Times feature in 2009 as a 13-year-old basketball phenom; one of his early mentors is Kevin Durant, a relationship that reportedly developed when the two were in the Seattle area.
6-foot-7, 210 pounds, guard/forward, TCU
Stats last season: 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game
Career highlights: Named to the All-Big 12 Second Team (2018); 2017 NIT Most Outstanding Player; Averaged 7.0 points and 8.0 rebounds at the 2018 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Did you know? He spent his freshman season at New Mexico Junior College; his favorite NBA player is Kyrie Irving; finished second in the Big-12 last season in double-doubles (13); was only the second player in school history to lead the team in rebounding in three different seasons; connected on 39.5 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.