The Boston Celtics selected JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore of Purdue University with the 27th and 55th overall picks in the 2011 NBA Draft last Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Celtics front office has also indicated their interest in undrafted free agents that include Pitt’s Gilbert Brown. Brown’s agent, T.J. Doyle, made clear that Brown will likely sign overseas if the NBA enters a lockout.
Johnson and Moore appeared to be comfortable together alongside Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge at their introductory press conference Monday afternoon. Both former Boilermakers grew up 160 miles apart and competed against each other in high school. The two joined forces and signed up to be roommates at Purdue once they realized they were being recruited by the same schools. “I was just really excited,” said Johnson. “Just to have somebody that you’re familiar with, that you’re comfortable with, to go through this process with you, makes things a lot easier.” Check back for more NBA off-season updates.