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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Marquette G Darius Johnson-Odom

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: Shooting guard

School: Marquette

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 215 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Big East first team, 2012 All-America honorable mention (AP), 2011 All-Big East second team

Key 2011-12 stats: 18.3 points, 38.5 3-point FG%, 44.7 FG%,

What he brings: Johnson-Odom brings a ton of speed, especially in transition, which he can use to create easy scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. He can score in a number of ways effectively — in transition, driving to the basket and from the perimeter — which is a reason why he was able to rank second in the Big East in scoring this season.

As far as weaknesses go, Johnson-Odom is considered undersized for his position at 6-foot-2 and at times he lacks point guard instincts and the ability to create for others, which will likely land him as an off-the-bench, role-playing 2 guard at the next level. What he lacks in size he can make up for in a high basketball IQ and his ability to score from the perimeter, but he might struggle trying to score inside against much bigger NBA players.

Where the Celtics could get him: Johnson-Odom is expected to be a mid-to-late-second-round pick.

Notes: In the second round of the 2011 NCAA [3] tournament, Johnson-Odom knocked down a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to seal a 66-62 victory over Syracuse and send Marquette to the Sweet 16 [4].

Recent articles:

Chicago Tribune: Marquette’€™s Johnson-Odom avoiding projections [5]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: MU duo try to impress at NBA combine [6]

USA Today: Marquette’€™s Jae Crowder, Darius Johnson-Odom senior leaders [7]

Video: Here are some highlights of Johnson-Odom during his time at Marquette, starting with some ferocious dunks.