Celtics hold workouts for potential draftees

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Celtics hold workouts for potential draftees

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

The Boston Celtics continue to work out potential draft picks at the team's practice facility this week.

On Monday, the C's had a split group of big men as well as guards. Some of the more notable big men included a pair of 6-foot-9 forwards, Terrence Jennings and Vernon Macklin from Louisville and Florida, respectively. Boston's workout also included a pair of 7-footers in USC's Nikola Vucevic and UConn's Charles Okwandu.

Vucevic is expected to be a late first-round pick, while Jennings and Macklin are pegged as potential second-round selections. Okwandu, the starting center for the NCAA champion Huskies, is unlikely to get drafted.

Boston's workouts also included guards Kevin Anderson from Richmond and Demontez Stitt from Clemson. Both are trying to string together impressive workouts and work their way into being potential second-round selections

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, plans to cast as wide a net as possible when it comes to preparing for this year's draft. The Celtics have the No. 25 pick as well as the No. 55 pick in this month's draft which will be June 23.

"Because of where we are in the draft, it's not easy getting guys in for workouts, because players can only do so many workouts," Ainge told CSNNE.com. "But between the guys we have in, the guys we've seen during the year and during group workouts, we'll see more than a 100 players so we'll have all the bases covered."

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