Bogar: Iglesias is 'going to continue to improve'

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Bogar: Iglesias is 'going to continue to improve'

FORT MYERS, Fla. In his first spring training in 2010 Jose Iglesias was just two months past his 20th birthday, less than a year since joining the Red Sox and setting foot in the U.S. for the first time. He was working to learn English but usually used a translator.

Now, in his third season with the Red Sox, the flashy shortstop is comfortable enough to make jokes in English. And feel like he has place on the team.

Bench coach Tim Bogar, the teams infield coach, has seen tremendous changes in Iglesias.

Hes three years older. I think hes more mature. I think thats going to continue to improve, said bench coach Tim Bogar. I think once hes around this major league atmosphere and these players and he starts to learn players and pitchers and understand how theyre gong to attack certain hitters its going to help him in his positioning. Its going to help him take that defensive flash that you see and make it become simpler because hes going to be playing in the right spots all the time. Hes going to be more confident in that and knowing where he should be."

Ive seen his confidence level though is completely different this year than it was last year, both sides of the ball. I think defensively hes always felt like he belongs here. But offensively this spring up to this point, he believes he belongs here offensively. and thats something I havent seen the last few years.

Is he ready to be a major league shortstop?

At this point he can. Theres a few things he just needs to get to know and hes going to get better and better. And once he knows the league and things that are going on with it, hes going to be a better shortstop. Now how that happens, just depends on the playing time and what goes on there. If he doesnt make this team and he has to go to Triple A, thats one of the emphasis Im sure hes going to want to do. Hes going to have to pay attention to those details.

While he plays a stellar defense, it has been his offense that has lagged behind.

Offensively I think its one of those things where hes still learning himself, Bogar said. Hes a young hitter. Hes still learning how to approach every at-bat, his game plan. Mechanically he looks a lot better this spring and I think hes hit the ball with more force all spring compared to last year and the year before. So, as I said, hes maturing and getting older. You can start seeing things happening. Its only going to go forward.

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

ROXBURY, Mass. – The Boston Celtics shocked many on draft night last week when they selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick.

Well here’s another unexpected twist involving Yabusele: He said he plans to be on the Celtics’ summer league team which begins play next week in Salt Lake City.

“My agent is working in France to do something for me, to be able to play in summer league,” Yabusele said.

Like most NBA rookies, Yabusele is eager to get on the floor and get his first taste of NBA basketball this summer.

“That’s a dream come true,” Yabusele said. “When I was young thinking about the NBA all the time. I knew it would happen at some point.”

But the 20-year-old forward isn’t focused on testing the NBA waters and returning to overseas play soon.

“Not just stay three years or four, but stay all my life in the NBA,” he said.

Yabusele made the announcement following the Boston Celtics’ rookies (minus Ante Zizic) all participating in a basketball clinic at the Madison Park Community Center as the Boston Celtics celebrated their 50th Renovation project since 2008.

The news isn’t quite as optimistic for fellow international Celtic Ante Zizic who is not likely to have his contract situation overseas worked out in enough time to join Boston for summer league play in Salt Lake City and afterwards in Las Vegas.

Still, Yabusele getting a shot to play now is huge both for his own personal growth and that of the Celtics to get a better feel for how their first-round pick stacks up against fellow rookies and young teammates like Jordan Mickey.

This past season, Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes with Rouen Metropole Basket in the LNB Pro A league in France. He appeared in 34 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 11 times while tallying eight double-doubles.