|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Virginia PF Mike Scott||06.12.12 at 3:01 pm ET|
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.
Position: Power forward
Weight: 242 pounds
Achievements: All-ACC first team (2012), Virginia Player of the Year (2012), Sporting News, Basketball Times All-America third team (2012), NABC All-District 2 (2012)
Key 2011-12 stats: 18.0 points, 56.3 FG%, 8.3 rebounds in 32 games
What he brings: Scott is a big forward who excels in scoring. He can drive past smaller defenders or rely on his mid-range jumper if slowed down by larger defenders. Not only did Scott lead the Cavaliers in shooting from the field with his 56.3 percent conversion rate, but Scott also went to the line 172 times in his senior season, converting 80.8 percent of his free throw chances.
Scott is regarded as a smart and capable defender and good defensive rebounder but not a shot-blocking threat.
Where the Celtics could get him: Scott is expected to be drafted late in the second round, or he might be available as an undrafted free agent.
Notes: Scott redshirted in 2010-11 after injuring his ankle in December and hurting it again a few games later, leading to surgery. Scott ranks third on the school’s career list in double-doubles (34) and rebounds (944) and 16th in points (1,538).
Video: Scott talks about the parts of his game he needs to improve.
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