Brown Boosts BostonKedrick Brown gave Boston fans a glimpse of his potential with a 16 point, 10 rebound effort at the Shaw's Pro Summer League on Monday night.
By Reagan Berube
Kedrick Brown looks to make an impact with the Celtics.
Photo courtesy of Steve Lipofsky
He had sweaty palms. He had pre-game jitters. Would you expect him not to?
Even though it was a summer league exhibition game, the Celtics game versus the Knicks on Monday night at the Shaw's Pro Summer League still served as Kedrick Brown's first in a Green and White jersey.
So with a little extra perspiration on his hands and brow, you could hardly begin to worry when Brown started by missing six of his first seven shots. The rookie played through the butterflies and went onto connect on four of his last eight, including three of his five attempts from three-point territory.
"I think I did OK," said Brown modestly. "I was a little nervous at first but once the ball went up and I keep going up and down, it just came to me and the jitters went away. I just try to give the Boston Celtics fans what they want to see."
With Brown coming from Okaloosa-Walton Community College, a small junior college on the Florida panhandle, Celtics fans who filled the gym at UMass-Boston to capacity had no idea what to expect from the rookie. Most had seen the other two members of Boston's draft trio - Joe Forte and Joe Johnson - who played for much more visible college programs.
But one look at Brown's extraordinary vertical leap, one look at the range on his jump shot and it is not hard to see that there is just as much excitement, just as much potential a in his 6-7 frame.
"It is totally different (than junior college)," said Brown. "The players are a lot stronger here and they play hard the whole game. Everyone is good. Everyone can shoot. Even the big men can shoot."
Brown admits he has much learning to do and he will undoubtedly need time to adjust. But his athletic ability will help him along the way - and make the process exciting for Celtics fans in the meantime.