Former University of Louisville guard Terry Rozier said when he opted to turn pro that he was going to prove he was one of the best guards in the NBA Draft. He started out projected as a mid-second round pick.
Rozier then had a solid NBA Combine and worked out for 17 NBA teams.
His stock rose and on Thursday night he fulfilled his dream. Rozier was taken as the No. 16 pick in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, much higher than many experts projected.
"He's a favorite of Danny's," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Rozier, speaking about GM Danny Ainge. "We think he's a really special talent. I'm excited about Terry. You'll enjoy watching him."
Rozier watched the draft in Cleveland with his family, telling Cardinal Authority before the draft part that he was "ready for whatever," was in store for him during the night.
As it turned out, it was quite a part for Rozier.
"We're so excited .. for Terry," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "He's one of the hardest workers with the most professional attitude any coach could want. He will work his tail off for the Celtics and all of CardNation is thrilled for him."
The 6-foot-1 Rozier led the Cardinals in scoring as a sophomore at 17.1 points a game. He also led the Cardinals in minutes played, assists and steals and was a second-team All-ACC selection.
Rozier helped himself earlier this month with a strong workout with the Celtics. Two sources told Cardinal Authority that workout was "off the charts" and it turned out to be the thing that got him drafted.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said via the team's Twitter account, "We've targeted Rozier. He worked out for us twice. He's an athletic freak, a skilled two-way player."