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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Vanderbilt C Festus Ezeli 06.18.12 at 1:27 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.

Nigerian-born Festus Ezeli has NBA size and strength but is still learning the game. (AP)

FESTUS EZELI

Postion: Center

School: Vanderbilt

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-11

Weight: 264 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-SEC second team (coaches)

Key 2011-12 stats: 10.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 53.9 FG%, 23.2 minutes

What he brings: Ezeli has the appropriate height and a monster wingspan that makes him the perfect fit for center at the next level. Defensively he commands the post, using his length to contest shots, his strength to hold his own and his lateral quickness to rotate from side to side effectively. On offense he has simple post moves and is a decent finisher at the rim.

Despite having the size to play the center position in the NBA, Ezeli lacks the athleticism to have a big-time impact on a game. The 22-year-old native of Nigeria doesn’t appear to have much of an upside on offense with a high turnover rate and a poor rebounding touch. He also finds himself in foul trouble too often, lacking a game-to-game consistency.

Ezeli could be a solid player off the bench, bringing in a toughness and physical play that could set the tone in a game. His offense needs improvement, but defensively he’s ready to be effective off the bench.

Where the Celtics could get him: Ezeli is certainly within range for the Celtics as a likely late-first-round/early-second-round pick. He could help shore up a Boston bench lacking quality big men.

Notes: Ezeli was suspended for six games at the start of last season for an NCAA violation (accepting a meal and hotel room from a booster). Then he injured his knee (sprained MCL and PCL) in a preseason practice and ended up missing a total of 10 games. … Ezeli moved from Nigeria to California to live with an uncle in 2004, and it was then that he started playing basketball. He chose Vanderbilt over Boston College, UConn and Harvard.

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Video: Here’s a highlight mix of Ezeli’s senior season at Vanderbilt.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: French SG/SF Evan Fournier at 9:25 am 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.

Evan Fournier is considered the top international player in the 2012 NBA draft. (Alexis Reau/Poitiers Basket)

EVAN FOURNIER

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

Team: Poitiers (France)

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 205 pounds

Achievements: 2011 French Pro A Rising Star Award, 2011 French Pro A Most Improved Player

Key 2011-12 stats: 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 42.5 FG%, 27.7 3P%, 75.4%

What he brings: Fournier is considered the top international prospect in the 2012 draft. A solid but not exceptional athlete, he has terrific shooting guard size and a varied offensive skill set. Though he does not have superior ball-handling skills, Fournier is an effective slasher, and while he doesn’t have great leaping ability, his size, strength and quick first step help him get to the rim. He is also very adept at driving and dishing.

From the outside, Fournier is still a below-average shooter, particularly from behind the arc where he is shooting just 27 percent in France’s Pro A league. Defensively, he has good footwork and positioning and has demonstrated an ability to grab both offensive and defensive rebounds.

According to NBAdraft.net, “the trademark to his game is his ability to score clutch baskets. He seems to live for crunch time.”

Overall, Fournier has no major defects to his game and at just 19 years old, his reputation for having an excellent work ethic and willingness to work on improving should boost his draft value.

Where the Celtics could get him: Fournier is expected to be drafted late in the first round, so the Celtics should have a shot at him with their 21st and 22nd picks. Fournier could certainly be an option for Boston as Avery Bradley and E’Twaun Moore are the only C’s shooting guards under contract for next season while the aging Paul Pierce is the only small forward.

Notes: In 2011, Fournier became the youngest player in French League history to score more than 20 points, surpassing Tony Parker’s record. … He has expressed an interest in playing in the NBA next season and was scheduled to work out with some NBA teams this week.

Video: Here are highlights from Fournier from March, when he was named Player of the Month in the French Pro A league.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Penn PG Zack Rosen at 7:14 am 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.

Zack Rosen looks to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Lin and make the jump from the Ivy League to the NBA. (AP)

ZACK ROSEN

Position: Point guard

School: Penn

Age: 23

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 177 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America honorable mention (AP), 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year (unanimous), 2011 All-Ivy first team, 2010 All-Ivy first team (unanimous)

Key 2011-12 stats: 18.2 points, 45.3 FG%, 3.2 rebounds in 33 games.

What he brings: Harvard fans know well how talented Rosen is. He led the Ivy League in scoring average as a senior and played well enough over four years to be one of Penn’s best all-time players. He is able to shoot anywhere — hard drives, mid-range jumpers, well behind the arc — and he wants the ball in the clutch. In Penn’s 55-54 comeback victory at Harvard on Feb. 25, Rosen scored 14 of his 20 points in the final 13 minutes, including his team’s final nine points.

For the season, Rosen converted 39.9 of his 3-point tries and 88.2 percent of his free throw attempts.

Over his career as a Quaker — and at pre-draft workouts — Rosen has demonstrated his leadership abilities on the court and shown a knack for creating his own plays.

Where the Celtics could get him: Rosen might not get drafted at all, but he helped his cause with some strong pre-draft workouts. He showed surprising athleticism, recording the fastest three-quarter-court sprint time of any NBA prospect at a combine in New Jersey. If the C’s decide to add to their backcourt depth, they could get Rosen in the second round if not as an undrafted free agent.

Notes: Rosen finished his career as Penn’s all-time leader in assists (588), games started (115) and minutes (4,198). He ranks third in points (1,723), free throw percentage (84.3), 3-pointers (225) and games played (117), fourth in steals (154), fifth in free throws (418) and ninth in 3-point percentage (39.1).

Recent articles:

Philadelphia Inquirer: Measuring the achievement of Penn’s Zach Rosen

AOL Sporting News: Penn’s Zack Rosen discusses best NBA fit, playing against Jeremy Lin

Video: Here is a closer look at Rosen.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Croatian PF/C Leon Radosevic 06.17.12 at 7:50 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.

Leon Radosevic has the size and offensive skill, but he needs work on his defense and rebounding. (AP)

LEON RADOSEVIC

Position: Power forward/center

Team: Armani Milano (Italy)

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 240 pounds

Achievements: Member of the Croatian junior national team

Key 2011-12 stats: 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 59.4 FG%

What he brings: Radosevic is the ideal size for an NBA big man and possesses a good basketball IQ and offensive game that is NBA ready. He can step away from inside the paint with ease for a big man, can run the pick and roll easily also owns an array of moves under the basket.

Defensively, however, Radosevic doesn’t have much strength and has trouble against more physical players. He gives up far too much space and lacks the ability to cut off driving, aggressive scorers. He’s also not a very prolific rebounder, as he gets banged around under the basket. Radosevic is not very athletic at all and he’ll likely need to be more active if he wants to become a quality, role-playing big man at the next level.

Radosevic was originally an early entry candidate for the 2011 NBA draft, but he withdrew after suffering a foot injury during the Adidas Eurocamp.

Where the Celtics could get him: If Radosevic gets drafted, it’s expected to be late in the second round.

Notes: Radosevic participated as part of the Croatian national team in FIBA Junior Team competition from 2006-10. In 2006, his team won fourth at the U-16 European Championships. His team won bronze in the 2008 U-18 European Championships and 2009 U-19 World Championships, respectively, and in 2010 finished fourth at the U-20 European Championships.

In 2010-11, Radosevic was a major contributor with Cibona Zagreb in Croatia, averaging 12.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in Adriatic League games and 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in nine Euroleague games. After withdrawing from the 2011 NBA draft, he signed with Armani Milano in Italy and saw his stats substantially diminish due to Milano’s depth and veteran-filled roster.

Video: Here are some highlights of Radosevic that feature his mid-range jumper.

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2012 NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UConn SG Jeremy Lamb at 4:09 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.

Jeremy Lamb is headed to the NBA after two impressive seasons at UConn. (AP)

JEREMY LAMB

Position: Shooting guard

School: UConn

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 180 pounds

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

Key 2011-12 stats: 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 37.2 minutes

What he brings: Lamb is a well-rounded shooting guard who stands out as one of this draft’s options at the position along with Bradley Beal of Florida and Austin Rivers of Duke.

While Lamb is a good scorer thanks to his ability to hit pull-up jump shots, he is even better on the defensive end and plays well off the ball. Lamb is noted for his freakish 7-foot wingspan on his 6-foot-5 body, which adds to his already good size at the shooting guard position. Lamb is also a smart player who doesn’t make too many mental mistakes and gets good positioning on both ends of the court.

Lamb, who played two seasons at UConn, has been compared to players like Richard Hamilton or Kevin Martin leading up to the draft. He has the ability to be a good complementary starting scoring option for a team, but more importantly a great defender who can help lock down the opposition’s top scorers.

Where the Celtics could get him: Most projections have Lamb going somewhere between picks 7-13, which is currently out of the Celtics range. If the Celtics want Lamb, they will have to trade up and might have to package both of their first-round picks in the deal.

Notes: Lamb was a key part of UConn’s national championship run in 2011 as a freshman, when he played a key role as a complementary scoring option to current Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker. … Lamb, who grew up in Georgia, competed with Team USA at the U-19 FIBA World Championships, leading the team with 16.2 points per game and 18 steals in nine games. … Lamb’s father, Rolando Lamb, played basketball at Virginia Commonwealth. In the opening round of the 1984 NCAA tournament, Rolando hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to defeat Northeastern (led by now-UConn coach Jim Calhoun).

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Hartford Courant: Lamb fighting laid-back reputation

CSN Washington: Could Lamb satisfy the Wizards’ wing craving?

Video: Here’s a highlight mix of Lamb.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Campbell PF Eric Griffin at 1:35 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.

Eric Campbell has NBA athleticism, as evidenced by his dunking ability. (Bennett Scarborough/GoCamels.com)

ERIC GRIFFIN

Position: Power forward

School: Campbell

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 200 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Big South first team

Key 2011-12 stats: 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 61 FG%, 30.3 minutes

What he brings: Griffin is a high-flier with the kind of athleticism that wows NBA scouts. He is a long power forward who uses his length, quickness and supreme leaping ability to make highlight-reel plays at and around the rim. The 22-year-old has become a solid offensive post presence with a knack for establishing good position against stronger players and finishing with some basic, but effective moves. On defense, Griffin is mostly a shot-blocker who rotates nicely as well.

At the next level, the Campbell product will need to add bulk to his lanky frame and learn more versatile post moves. His strong work ethic is a positive to many scouts who see his raw athleticism and talent as something special. The biggest knock on Griffin is that he is only above-average in one aspect of his game, finishing at the rim. He will need to improve his all-around play to have an impact as something more than a spark off the bench in the NBA.

Where the Celtics could get him: The Celtics ended up with little to show for the first-round pick they used on high-flying but inexperienced Gerald Green in 2005. Griffin enters the draft older than Green was, but he’s still raw. He won’t cost as much — he’ll likely be around when the Celtics pick in Round 2 — so the C’s will have to decide if he’s worth that risk.

Notes: Griffin averaged career-high numbers in minutes (30.3), points (15.7) and rebounds (8.6) this past season and compiled 12 double doubles. … He attended two junior colleges, Hiwassee in Tennessee and Garden City in Kansas, before transferring to Campbell. … Griffin is looking to become the first Campbell product ever to play in the NBA.

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Slam Online: NBA pre-draft tour: Eric Griffin workout

Bleacher Report: Future NBA player Eric Griffin an inspiration for anyone who’s ever been cut

GoCamels.com: Q&A with senior forward Eric Griffin

Videos: Here’s a couple of impressive dunks from Griffin vs. North Carolina A&T.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Georgetown F Hollis Thompson at 10:32 am 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.

Hollis Thompson is a standout shooter with good size who needs to develop other parts of his game. (AP)

HOLLIS THOMPSON

Position: Small forward

School: Georgetown

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 205 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Big East honorable mention, 2012 Big East leader in 3-point shooting percentage (43), career leader in school 3-point shooting percentage (, Big East Rookie of the Week (2009)

What he brings: Although he played primarily as a power forward for Georgetown in his first two seasons, Thompson was moved during his junior season to the wing, where his skill set makes more sense. Thompson is a natural athlete at 6-8 with a 6-10 wingspan, and at 205 pounds he can run and up and down the court smoothly.

Thompson’s best attribute clearly is 3-point shooting, as he ranked among the best in the NCAA and in Georgetown history. He shot 43 percent from long distance last season and has a smooth and accurate form. He is a little bit one-dimensional offensively, however, and is no more than average creating his own shot off the dribble as he lacks the necessary ball-handling skills to blow by a defender.

Scouts might look to see Thompson build some weight and strength to play more effectively on the defensive end at the next level. But he usually plays defensively on the perimeter and possesses a solid understanding of how to contest shots and stay in front of his man with the correct footwork.

Where the Celtics could get him: Had Thompson returned to Georgetown for his senior season and improved his all-around game, he’d surely be considered first-round material. As is, he’s more likely to end up going in the middle of the second round. He helped his cause with an impressive showing at the NBA draft combine in Chicago earlier this month. If Ray Allen departs Boston via free agency, Thompson’s shooting skills would be valuable for the C’s.

Notes: Thompson previously declared for the NBA draft following his sophomore season, but he ultimately decided to withdraw his name and return to Georgetown for his junior year. It turned out to be a smart decision, as he improved his game and averaged 12.8 points, second-best on the team.

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Video: Here’s a highlight mix of Thompson.

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