BOSTON (CBS) — Brad Stevens has quite a bit on his offseason plate in his first summer time as Celtics president of basketball ops. Whereas he’s laborious at work discovering a brand new head coach, he additionally has the July twenty ninth NBA Draft to organize for.
On Thursday, the Celtics hosted six gamers for a pre-draft exercise, together with Auburn’s Sharife Cooper, West Virginia’s Miles McBride and VCU’s Nah’Shon Hyland. Cooper and McBride are projected to be drafted someday within the first spherical, whereas Hyland is a first-round decide in some mocks and an early second rounder in others.
Right here is the total group of gamers that have been labored out by the Celtics on Thursday, through Chris Grenham of Forbes Sports activities:
The Celtics are internet hosting a noteworthy group of prospects for immediately’s pre-draft exercise, per sources:
Sharife Cooper, Auburn
Jordan Corridor, Texas A&M
Miles McBride, West Virginia
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
Nah’Shon Hyland, VCU
Balsa Koprivica, Florida State
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) June 17, 2021
Cooper is a 6-foot-1 level guard who averaged 20.2 factors, 8.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman at Auburn. His school profession is an especially small pattern measurement although, as Cooper performed in simply 12 video games, lacking the primary half of the season because the NCAA investigated his eligibility. These numbers have been fairly stable although, incomes Cooper a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Workforce.
McBride, a 6-foot-2 level guard averaged 12.6 factors and three.3 assists in his two seasons with the Mountaineers. He began 28 of his 29 video games as a sophomore, averaging 15.9 factors off 43 p.c taking pictures to go along with 4.8 assists and 1.9 steals per recreation. He was named to the All Huge-12 Second Workforce for his efforts final season.
Hyland, a 6-foot-3 level guard, began 24 video games for VCU as a sophomore, averaging 19.7 factors off 45 p.c taking pictures and 4.7 rebounds per recreation. He was named to the All A-10 First Workforce and the All A-10 Match First Workforce after averaging 21 factors, 7.0 rebounds and three.0 assists within the Rams’ three match video games.
Corridor, a 6-foot-8 ahead, averaged 10.6 factors, 5.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists as a freshman at St. Joseph’s, however dedicated to Texas A&M via the switch portal on Might 4. He might grow to be an intriguing second-round choice with some robust exercises, however has till July 7 to withdraw from the NBA Draft and retain his NCAA eligibility.
Cockburn, a 7-foot middle from Jamaica, averaged 17.7 factors and 9.5 rebounds for the Combating Illini as a sophomore. Koprivica, a 7-foot-1 middle from Serbia, averaged 9.1 factors, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for the Seminoles throughout his sophomore season. Each are presently projected to go undrafted come July 29.
The Celtics personal one decide in every spherical this 12 months: No. 16 general within the first spherical and No. 45 general within the second spherical.