The buddy system. It’s a beautiful thing … keeps you accounted for, in-check and generally in a more relaxed state than facing something new alone. Seems like Danny Ainge agreed and, in yesterday’s draft, snagged two players out of Purdue to join The Green: JuJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore.
Johnson, who was selected with the C’s 27th pick, is listed as a 6’10” forward who averaged 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in his senior year. He was named First Team All-American, Big Ten Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year last season. Johnson will add some much needed height to the Celtic’s frontcourt. "I love that I'm going to Boston," said Johnson. "It's great to be able to learn from all their veteran guys. You have so many NBA All-Stars on that team. Just to be able to play with a great point guard like Rondo and all those guys truly is a blessing”.
Johnson’s teammate Moore, a 6’4” guard, finished his senior year averaging 18 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He was named an honorable mention AP All-American and was a Wooden Award finalist. Moore, who is a shooting guard, could lend some help as point if needed but will mostly be utilized as an offensive contributor as a 2 guard. Ainge credited his extremely long arms as a factor in making him such a scoring threat.
Johnson and Moore scored a combined 53% of the Boilermaker’s points during the 2010-2011 season. “We’re very fortunate,” said the Celtics' president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge. “We got two really good, productive college players, mature kids, great character and attitude. We’ve got some shooting, got some length, and I think they’re a good fit for us.”
Boston originally took Providence College’s Marshon Brooks with their 25th pick but then traded him to the NJ Nets for Johnson and a future 2nd round pick. Two other local players were selected yesterday: Reggie Jackson (Boston College) and Kemba Walker (UConn). Jackson, a junior point guard for the Eagles, was selected by the Oklahoma Thunder with their 24th pick. Walker, the 9th overall pick in the draft, will head to Charlotte as the newest Bobcat.