Jaylen Brown is shipping up to Boston! The college basketball star was the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, so here are 5 things that sports fans need to know about the newest member of the Boston Celtics.
Ben Simmons, 19, and Brandon Ingram, 18, were the first big stars of the 2016 NBA Draft. After they went to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers, it was Boston Celtics turn, and they picked Jaylen Brown. The 19-year-old is now rocking Beantown green, so get to know more about this new NBA star.
1. Jaylen is good — but he’s got room for improvement.
Jaylen was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year during his time with the California Golden Bears. He made 43% of his regular shots, while making 29% of his 3-pointers, according to SF Gate. He also committed a team-high of 108 fouls. Yikes. That’s probably why Ben and Brandon were picked first.
2. He has both a brain and a heart to go along with his skills.
Still, Jaylen’s a good guy. During high school, he was active in Habitat for Humanity and Men and Women of Distinction, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. While attending college, he took classes on global poverty. He also learned Spanish during his freshman year at Cal and he can play the acoustic guitar!
3. He’s a two-sport athlete.
Jaylen was the captain of his middle school chess team, and while he was out in California, he spent his free Saturday afternoons challenging “old-timers” to chess games at a “bohemian café in Berkeley.”
4. Jaylen picked his college based on its classes, not its team.
Jaylen was a five-star high school recruit and he was courted by such major college basketball programs like Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas. Yet, Jaylen decided to go to University of California at Berkley because he liked the school’s academic program. “Education is something that is very important to me and my family,” he told The Undefeated. Though he decided to enter the NBA Draft after just one year in school, he still plans on getting his degree.
5. He’s already causing a stir.
Boston fans didn’t really give Jaylen a hero’s welcome, according to the Boston Herald. The Celtics tried to use their No. 3 pick to trade with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler, 26, or get Jahlil Okafor, 20, from the 76ers. When those trades fell through, they picked Jaylen. A chorus of boos and “We Want Jimmy” chants followed. It seems Jaylen has his work cut out for him to win over the Boston fans.
Are you glad that Jaylen is now a Celtic, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he’ll blow up in the 2016-17 NBA Season?