Penn State guard Josh Reaves

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Celtics reportedly set to meet with Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

Nick Friar
May 20, 2019 - 11:36 am

As much as the Celtics’ three first-round draft picks have and will continue to garner most of the attention leading up to the 2019 NBA Draft, the Celtics also have a second-round pick. Ryan Gomes had been Boston’s closest thing to a second-round success story since the turn of the century until the Celtics drafted Semi Ojeleye in 2017 — who took a step back in 2018-19 after playing a significant role off the bench in his rookie year. But there’s always the chance for a team to find a diamond in the rough, like Draymond Green or Gilbert Arenas.

One potential second rounder the C’s have their eye on is Penn State’s Josh Reaves, according to Bryan Kalbrosky of USA Today’s CelticsWire. Reaves was a modest scorer at Penn State, only averaging 10.6 points per game in his junior and senior seasons. He’s a serviceable 3-point shooter (36.6 percent between his last two seasons), but he’s not likely to put on a show at any point.

What the 6’5” soon-to-be 22-year-old does bring to the table is his defense. He averaged a block per game from the guard position in his senior year — the only Big Ten guard to so — and 2.5 steals a night on his way to being named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Also, Reaves was the only Big Ten player to average at least two steals per game over the last three seasons, averaging 2.2 as a junior and 2.1 in his sophomore season.

Seems like the type of player the Celtics would take a flier on.