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New Celtic Duo Garnering Praise

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For the 13th time in program history, Purdue had two players taken in the same NBA Draft in 2011.

However, for the first time since 1952, a Boilermaker pair was taken by the same team, as JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore will both head to Boston as the newest members of the Celtics.

Johnson was drafted 27th overall by New Jersey and immediately shipped to Boston, while Moore was selected by the Celtics at No. 55 overall.

In ESPN.com's NBA Draft team grades (Insider subscription required), Chad Ford gives the C's an A- for selecting the Boilermaker duo.

Ford wrote: "I think (the Celtics) may have found two players who can help. Johnson was underrated all season. He's long, athletic and skilled, and he's improved every year. Moore is the consummate role player. He isn't great at anything, but his overall game is solid."

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was equally excited about the picks in an interview with ESPN Boston.

"Two really good, productive college players," Ainge said. "Mature kids, great character and attitude. We got some shooting, we got some length, and I think they're a good fit for us."

 

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