James Young Drafted By Boston Celtics With 17th Pick

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics have selected guard-forward James Young from Kentucky with the 17th pick of the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound swingman was the Celtics' second pick in the first round. They chose guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State with the sixth pick.

Boston obtained the 17th pick in a blockbuster deal in July with Brooklyn. The Nets also sent their first-round picks in 2016 and 2018 to the Celtics.

As a freshman last season, the 18-year-old Young was second on Kentucky with 14.3 points per game. He hit 40.7 percent of his shots and 34.9 percent from 3-point range. He led Kentucky with 20 points and seven rebounds in the team's loss to Connecticut in the NCAA championship game.


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