Boston Celtics Select Sullinger, Melo
Sadly, the Boston Celtics didn’t draft Austin Rivers, who was selected by the New Orleans Hornets, but the Green and White did acquire Ohio State sophomore Jared Sullinger with the 21st overall pick and Syracuse University sophomore Fab Melo with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Here are a few tidbits pertaining toward each player.
* Sullinger, who was deemed originally a lottery pick, was red-flagged by NBA doctors due to back issues he sustained this past season with the Buckeyes. The sophomore forward missed two games this past year, but managed to average 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
* Sullinger was a sparkplug for the Buckeyes this past season, but sadly Ohio State fell short in the Final Four against Kansas.
* Melo was named the 2011-12 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, but missed the NCAA March Madness tournament due to academic issues.
* Melo is a 7-foot center, while Sullinger is a 6-foot-9 forward.