Celtics Summer League Bios
You are familiar with the players on the Celtics roster, now meet the players that will join Celtics regulars Milt Palacio
, Mark Blount
& Jerome Moiso
and draft picks Joe Johnson, Kedrick Brown & Joe Forte
at the 2001 Shaw's Pro Summer League.
Beard is a player with local roots, as after starting his collegiate career at Duke University, he transferred to Boston University (1995-98), where he completed his college career. He has since held a string of jobs in Europe (Chorale Roanne Basket in France [1998-99], MTV 1846 Giessen in Germany [1999-00], most recently landing a spot in the Italian first division with Basket Rimini. His improved size (6-11, 210-pounds) helped him average 12.6 points and 9.8 rebounds for Rimini last season, while his strong play has drawn rave reviews from many European scouts.
Edwards enjoyed enormous success at the University of Kentucky from 1994-98, part of National Championship squads in 1996 and 1998. He is also a former teammate of Celtics co-captain Antoine Walker
. After graduating, Edwards played with the Rockford Lightening (CBA) and the Dakota Wizards (IBA) in 1998-99, before moving on to the Cincinnati Stuff of the IBL in 1999-00. He averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists from the stuff last season.
Not many players competing in the 2001 Shaw's Pro Summer League can boast the collegiate accomplishments Khalid El-Amin can. The 5-10 point guard led the University of Connecticut to its first-ever National championship in 2000, earning him All Big East First Team Honors, as well as All-American Honorable Mention status. An early entry candidate, El-Amin was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (34th overall) in the 2000 NBA Draft. He played his way in to the NBA's Rookie All-Star game. He played 50 games for Chicago, averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 assists before being waived in the final month of the season. El-Amin will now look to continue his successes by leading the Green & White on the floor during the Shaw's Pro Summer League.
"Last year, the Celtics had a bonus first round pick when we found Mark Blount
at the Shaw's Pro Summer League," said Celtics Director of Player Personnel Leo Papile. "I think Khalid has that opportunity this year. He is not coming here to be an extra body. He is coming here to win a job."
Hahn was recruited by and played for Celtics Head Coach Jim O'Brien at the University of Dayton from 1994-96. He spent the last two seasons in Holland playing for College Utretch (1999-00) and BV Cobras (2000-01). He averaged 13.8 points in 30.3 minutes per game last season.
After completing a strong collegiate career with Division 3 Keuka College in 1997, closing out a stellar career averaging 19.7 points and 12.3 rebounds (sixth in the nation) per game and a .665 shooting percentage from the field (second in the nation), Hyman has since played in Europe and Asia, as well as the CBA, IBL and USBL. Most recently, the 6-10, 208-pound center spent part of the 2001 USBL season with the Florida Sea Dragons.
Most familiar with the local amateur basketball scene are familiar with Mardesich. The seven-foot, 255-pounder grew more than eight inches between his junior and senior seasons at Conroe High School in Texas. He then spent one season leading local school Worcester Academy and the Boston Amateur Basketball Club. After averaging 17.6 points and 13.6 rebounds for Worcester Academy, he earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland. Mardesich capped a five-year career by playing in 36 games for the Terrapins last season, averaging over 10 minutes per game and was at the heart of Maryland's run to the 2001 Final Four.