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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Marquette SF/PF Jae Crowder

06.26.12 at 1:12 pm ET
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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.

Jae Crowder, the 2012 Big East Player of the Year, might find the transition to the NBA difficult due to his lack of height and quickness for his position. (AP)

JAE CROWDER

Position: Small forward/power forward

Team: Marquette

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 241 pounds

Achievements: 2012 Big East Player of the Year, 2012 All-America second team (AP, Sporting News)

Key 2011-12 stats: 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 32.9 minutes, 2.5 steals

What he brings: Crowder is an undersized forward who will likely struggle defensively at the NBA level due to his lack of size and quickness. Crowder is not athletic enough to be a consistent performer at the next level and lacks explosiveness.

However, what Crowder lacks in size and quickness he has in effort and toughness, as he is strong for a player his size and will be an energy player off the bench. He is a smart player who will fight through contact to finish his shot and has decent range as a shooter. He will never be a star at the NBA level, but Crowder could be an undersized sparkplug off the bench.

Where the Celtics could get him: Crowder is projected to be selected in the back half of the second round.

Notes: Crowder was named the 2012 Reese’s College All-Star Game MVP. … Before joining Marquette in 2010, Crowder led Howard County Junior College to its first NJCAA men’s college basketball title and was named 2010 NJCAA Player of the Year. … His father, Corey Crowder, played briefly in the NBA for the Jazz and Spurs.

Recent articles:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Crowder, DJO try to make the most of Chicago Combine

Chicago Tribune: Marquette’s Crowder finishes strong

Video: Here is a quick look at what Crowder has to offer.

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