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Boston Celtics Select James Young at No. 17

With the 17th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft the Boston Celtics selected James Young, a 6’7 shooting guard/small forward from Kentucky.

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The Boston Celtics selected guard/forward James Young from the University of Kentucky with the 17th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Young averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in his freshman (and only) season in college.

The 18 year old can attack the basket while knocking down a jumper. He will add an offensive spark to the Celtics lineup. He will have to work on improving his defense, but at such a young age there is room to grow and develop.

“[I can bring] a lot of energy to the team on the offensive side, attack the basket and really just put a lot of points on the board,” Young said. “That’s what I’m there for, really just be an all-around player and look for open guys.”

Young will play alongside fellow Kentucky alum Rajon Rondo. Although they haven’t talked before, the team captain will most likely spend a lot of time in his ear about playing for the Celtics.

The one player Young is familiar with is incoming rookie Marcus Smart, who the Celtics selected with the sixth pick. They were roommates at the Draft Combine.

One of the first tasks on his plate? Reading up on the historic organization.

“I don’t really know much about the Celtics,” he said. “I just got to start doing my research tonight.”

Jessica Camerato is a bilingual reporter who has been covering the NBA since 2006. She has also covered MLB, NHL and MLS. A graduate of Quinnipiac University, Jessica is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and the Association for Women in Sports Media.

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