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

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 [1] own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins [2] trade) and 51.


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 [3] title and was named 2010 NJCAA Player of the Year. ‘€¦ His father, Corey Crowder [4], played briefly in the NBA for the Jazz [5] and Spurs.

Recent articles:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Crowder, DJO try to make the most of Chicago Combine [6]

Chicago Tribune: Marquette’€™s Crowder finishes strong [7]

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