BOSTON - The Boston Celtics announced today they have signed forward Leon Powe. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Celtics acquired the draft rights to the 6'8" forward from the Denver Nuggets (the 49th pick overall in the 2006 NBA Draft) on June 28, 2006. Powe recently averaged 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game for the Celtics in the Toshiba Vegas Summer League.
A Consensus Second Team All-American as a sophomore at California, Powe is only the third player in school history to be named either First or Second Team All-American by The Associated Press, joining Darrell Imhoff (1960) and Jason Kidd (1994). Powe's performance on the court earned him All-Pac-10 honors in both his freshman and sophomore seasons at Cal. Over two seasons, he averaged 17.8 points per game (sixth all-time in Cal history), and 9.8 rebounds per game (fourth all-time in Cal history).
During his sophomore season, Powe led the Pac-10 in scoring (20.5 per game) and rebounding (10.1 per game), becoming only the sixth player in league history and one of only three players in the nation to average a double-double; the first Cal player since Mark McNamara in 1981-82. During the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament vs. USC in 2006, Powe scored 22 points and grabbed a tournament-record 22 rebounds. He exploded for a career-high 41 points in a double-overtime victory against Oregon in the conference semifinals, and contributed a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) vs. North Carolina State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Powe was also named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2003-2004), averaging 15.1 points along with 9.5 rebounds per game. He majored in Social Welfare at Cal.