The Boston Celtics nabbed former Irish standout Luke Harangody in hour five of Wednesday's 60-pick, two-round NBA draft. Harangody finished his career as the Big East's third all-time leading scorer and second all-time leading rebounder.
A knee injury suffered with six regular season games remaining last February likely kept Harangody from capturing both the Big East conference and Irish program records for career points and boards.
Harangody, measured at 6'7¾" and 240 pounds, joins a front line expected to lose backup power forward Rasheed Wallace to retirement.
ESPN Draft Analyst and college basketball commentator Jay Bilas offered these observations of Harangody:
"He's an unorthodox scorer, but he's a big-time player and he's a big-time rebounder.
"He goes into the game and he can get you baskets and he can get you rebounds. The one thing he doesn't really do – he's not an outstanding defender. Doesn't really guard and doesn't really block shots, but when you put him in the ball game, he can get the ball in the basket.
"You don't average 22 points and 10 rebounds per game in the Big East by accident. He can play."
Bilas covered Harangody extensively over his four-year Irish career.
The Celtics also lost starting center Kendrick Perkins to a knee injury during Game 6 of their 7-game NBA Finals loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Perkins may not be ready at the start of the season.
Boston also drafted Texas guard Avery Bradley at No. 19 overall.
Irish Eyes will attempt to speak with Harangody later today for his reaction upon joining the Celtics.