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NBA mock draft roundup: Consensus pick for Celtics is German PG Dennis Schroeder 06.27.13 at 11:50 am ET
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Celtics 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, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The Washington Post, DraftExpress.com and NBAdraft.net — have the Celtics selecting the 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard from Germany.

WEEI.com profiled Schroeder, who has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo, 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, have promised to draft him, though Schroeder has denied it. He did not participate in the NBA combine last month.

There are some dissenters, however.

NBA.com has the C’s picking Russian shooting forward Sergey Karasev, 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, the way Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix 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, son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, going to the Celtics at pick No. 16.

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

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Russian SF Sergey Karasev 06.26.13 at 7:26 pm ET
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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

Sergey Karasev (AP)

Young Russian Sergey Karasev is a solid offensive player who needs to add some bulk in order to compete on the defensive end in the NBA. (AP)

SERGEY KARASEV

Position: Shooting forward

Team: Lyubertsy Triumph (Eurocup league)

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 197 pounds

Achievements: Olympic bronze medalist with Russia (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 16.1 points, 3 rebounds, 2.4 assists

What he brings: Karasev is considered well ahead of the learning curve in terms of being an international prospect, having led his team in scoring most nights in 2012-13 while playing in one of the top European leagues. The offensive numbers won’t directly translate, but his 41 percent success rate from the floor, 49 percent on 3-pointers and 82.6 percent on free throws isn’t a bad start.

Analysts also indicate Karasev has solid court vision and is unselfish. His defense is a bigger question mark, more so due to his slight frame than his effort. If he can get stronger, almost a universal requirement in Karasev scouting reports, and fill out a bit he will be fine at that end.

Notes: While the culture change/shock is always an issue to varying degrees for international prospects, Karasev definitely wants to play in the NBA, so a holdout is seen as unlikely. … He greatly improved his draft stock with an impressive showing at the Nike Hoop Summit in April, which he attended shortly after declaring for the draft earlier that month. … His father, Vasily Karasev, is the coach of his professional team in Russia, the Lyubertsy Triumph. … Karasev is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Recent articles:

SB Nation: Sergey Karasev will remain in 2013 NBA Draft

ESPN.com: Sergey Karasev struggled in Vegas (Insider subscription required)

Video: Here is video from Karasev’s impressive showing at the Nike Hoop Summit:

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