Dive Into the Draft: Celtics Workouts 2.0
BOSTON - In preparation for the NBA Draft, set to be held on June 23 in Newark, N.J., the Boston Celtics are holding private workouts with handfuls of players who are eligible to be drafted. This article outlines information regarding the players the Celtics worked out on June 11, 2011. The info contained on this page is purely a peek into the players' careers and does not in any way reflect the Celtics' evaluations of these players in preparation for draft night.
Malcolm Lee - UCLA
Weight: 200 pounds
Date of birth: 5/22/90
2010-11 statistics: 13.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.2 APG
Why you might know him: Lee was a two-year starter at one of the most prestigious basketball programs in the country, UCLA.
Background summary: Lee played three years at UCLA and started during the final two seasons of his stay in Westwood, Calif. Lee’s final two seasons at UCLA were pretty consistent across the board. He was the second-leading scorer on the Bruins’ team this season, notching 13.1 PPG. Lee scored a season-high 25 points against Oregon, and scored at least 18 points nine times this past season. After playing minimal minutes during his freshman season (10.7 minutes per game), Lee exploded onto the scene in his sophomore season and played at least 33.1 minutes per game over his final two campaigns. His free throw shooting dramatically improved during his stay at UCLA, improving from 41.7 percent during his freshman year, to 70.6 percent in his sophomore year, to 77.8 percent during his junior year.
Jeremiah Rivers - Indiana
Weight: 210 pounds
Date of birth: 6/27/87
2010-11 statistics: 3.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1..7 APG
Why you might know him: Jeremiah Rivers is the oldest son of current Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.
Background summary: Jeremiah Rivers began his collegiate career in 2006 at Georgetown, where he played two seasons, before transferring to Indiana after the 2007-08 season. That transfer to another university prevented him from playing in the 2008-09 season, but it did result in Rivers finishing college with five total seasons of tutelage from two of the nation’s premier basketball universities. Rivers did not rack up any eye-popping statistics during his collegiate career, but he was a rotation player and leader from the moment he showed up at both of the schools for which he played. He saw significant shooting improvements during his senior season. He finished the 2010-11 season shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line, up from 40.4 percent and 57.8 percent, respectively, during his junior season. Rivers also nearly sliced his turnovers in half from his junior season (2.7 per game) to his senior season (1.5 per game).
Chris Wright - Georgetown
Position: Point Guard
Weight: 202 pounds
Date of birth: 11/4/89
2010-11 statistics: 12.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.3 APG
Why you might know him: Wright became the face of Georgetown basketball during his successful four-year tenure in the program. Other star players came and went during his stay, but he was there for the long-haul.
Background summary: Wright’s leadership abilities as a point guard are as strong as they come, as evidenced by his two-year reign as a captain for Georgetown. He was the second-leading scorer for Georgetown, which won 21 games despite a difficult Big East schedule. His career was ended in the round of 64 of the 2011 NCAA tournament, when Georgetown fell to eventual Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth. Despite that short run in the tournament, Wright was still able to score at least 17 points 12 times and notch at least seven assists seven times during his senior season. Wright’s free throw shooting and assist-to-turnover ratio each increased during all four seasons of his collegiate career, culminating in a 78.3 percent free throw percentage and 1.82 assist-to-turnover ratio during his final season. He averaged at least 32.8 minutes per game during his final three seasons at Georgetown.
Notes: In addition to the three players listed above, the Celtics also brought in two players who had previously worked out for them. Anthony Gurley, who played collegiately at UMass, and Demonte Harper, who played at Morehead State, were both in attendance alongside Lee, Rivers and Wright. To find out more information about Gurley and Harper, click here to visit the first edition of our Dive Into the Draft: Celtics Workouts.