2002 NBA DRAFT SELECTIONS:

Second Round, No. 50: Darius Songaila, F, Wake Forest

CELTICS' NINE-MAN ROTATION:

Guards: Kenny Anderson and Paul Pierce; Forwards: Eric Williams and Antoine Walker; Center: Tony Battie. Top Subs: Forwards Vitaly Potapenko, Rodney Rogers; Guards Tony Delk and Erick Strickland. Free Agents in Top Nine: Strickland (restricted), Rogers.

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MARTY BLAKE'S POST-DRAFT ANALYSIS:

"Songaila didn't want to play in Portsmouth and pulled out. But I think he can definitely make the Celtics and would give them some toughness. He was a first round talent. He's probably better than where they took him. They've got a lot of guys 6-7 and 6-8, but they don't have any rebounders and this guy's a banger. He should be able to play for them easily."

RECENT FIRST-ROUND DRAFT CHOICES:

YEAR PLAYER UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
2001Joe JohnsonArkansas
 Kedrick BrownOkaloosa-Walton CC
 Joe ForteNorth Carolina
2000Jerome MoisoUCLA
1999(no first-round selection)
1998Paul PierceKansas
1997Chauncey BillupsColorado
 Ron MercerKentucky
1996Antoine WalkerKentucky
1995Eric Williams Providence
1994Eric MontrossNorth Carolina
1993Acie EarlIowa
1992Jon BarryGeorgia Tech
1991Rick FoxNorth Carolina
1990 Dee Brown Jacksonville
1989Michael SmithBrigham Young
1988Brian ShawCal-Santa Barbara
1987Reggie LewisNortheastern
1986Len BiasMaryland
1985Sam VincentMichigan State
1984Michael YoungHouston
1983Greg KiteBrigham Young
1982Darren TillisCleveland State