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NBA mock draft roundup: Consensus pick for Celtics is German PG Dennis Schroeder

Celtics [1] fans, you might want to get used to hearing the name Dennis Schroeder.

There are just a few hours left until the 2013 NBA draft, but there is a near consensus among many of the mock drafts done by major outlets — including ESPN [2], CBS Sports [3], Fox Sports [4], The Washington Post [5], DraftExpress.com [6] and NBAdraft.net [7] — have the Celtics selecting the 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard from Germany.

WEEI.com profiled Schroeder [8], who has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo [9], on Monday.

Playing with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as a 19-year-old in Germany this season, Schroeder averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing nearly 25 minutes. Some reports indicate that while his size and decision-making capabilities could stand to be improved, scouts are drawn to his 6-foot-8 wingspan ‘€” a solid half-foot more than his height.

There are rumors that one team, potentially the Celtics [10], have promised to draft him, though Schroeder has denied it [11]. He did not participate in the NBA combine last month.

There are some dissenters, however.

NBA.com [12] has the C’€™s picking Russian shooting forward Sergey Karasev [13], a 6-foot-7, 205-pounder. Also 19, the St. Petersburg native is considered a bit more developed than many international prospects.

The Celtics could choose Jamaal Franklin [14], the way Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix [15] sees it. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard led San Diego State in points (16.6), rebounds (9.4), assists (3.3) and steals (1.6) as a junior in 2012-13.

USA Today, meanwhile, has pegged Shane Larkin [16], son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin [17], going to the Celtics at pick No. 16.

The draft begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN; WEEI-AM 850).