Jaylen Brown will be getting his first taste of NBA action in Summer League. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)
WALTHAM – While Danny Ainge and the front office staff is furiously trying to build their roster for next season as free agency is officially underway, the Celtics have set one roster. The group that will head out and compete in the two Summer Leagues were announced Friday.
2016 Draft Picks Jaylen Brown, Guerschon Yabusele, Ben Bentil, Demetrius Jackson and Abdel Nader will join current Celtics Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and James Young as members of the team’s Utah Jazz and Las Vegas Summer League squads.
They will be joined on the roster by 2015 Celtics second round draft pick Marcus Thornton, free agents Malcolm Miller and Corey Walden, who both appeared on the 2015 Celtics Training Camp roster, and JayVaughn Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou, a pair of Villanovans, neither of whom played on this year’s national championship squad. Pinkston played this past season for the Maine Red Claws.
The Celtics continued Summer League practices Friday in Waltham. The team leaves Sunday for Salt Lake City.
The Celtics’ first game in the Utah Summer League will be Monday, July 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics’ three-game schedule in Utah continues with match-ups against the host Utah Jazz on July 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET and the San Antonio Spurs on July 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Beginning on July 4, all Celtics games for Utah Summer League will be televised on CSN New England.
The Celtics will then travel to Nevada for the Vegas Summer League and compete in three preliminary round games from July 9-12 before being seeded in a tournament that starts on July 13 and concludes with the Championship Game on July 18. Their first game is on Saturday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. ET against the Chicago Bulls.
They will continue their schedule with games against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, July 10 (10:30 p.m. ET) and against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, July 12 (6:00 p.m. ET). The Celtics are guaranteed to play at least five games in the Vegas Summer League. Games between July 13-18 will be announced by the NBA at a later date. ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and WatchESPN.
Celtics Summer League Roster
NO PLAYER POS HT WT DOB PRIOR TO NBA/HOME COUNTRY YEARS
50 Ben Bentil F 6-9 235 03/29/95 Providence/Ghana R
9 Jaylen Brown F 6-7 220 10/24/96 California/USA R
28 R.J. Hunter G 6-6 190 10/24/93 Georgia State/USA 1
26 Demetrius Jackson G 6-1 201 09/07/94 Notre Dame/USA R
55 Jordan Mickey F 6-8 235 07/09/94 Louisiana State/USA 1
48 Malcolm Miller F 6-7 210 03/06/93 Holy Cross/USA R
51 Abdel Nader F 6-6 230 11/25/93 Iowa State/Egypt R
52 JayVaughn Pinkston F 6-7 240 11/27/91 Villanova/USA R
12 Terry Rozier G 6-1 190 03/17/94 Louisville/USA 1
27 Marcus Thornton G 6-4 190 02/09/93 William & Mary/USA R
46 Corey Walden G 6-2 189 08/05/92 Eastern Kentucky/USA R
30 Guerschon Yabusele F 6-7 260 12/17/95 Rouen/France R
63 Mouphtaou Yarou C 6-9 255 06/26/90 Villanova/Benin R
13 James Young G/F 6-6 215 05/16/95 Kentucky/USA 2
Utah Summer League Head Coach: Micah Shrewsberry (Hanover)
Vegas Summer League Head Coach: Jamie Young (Blackburn College)
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Bryan Doo (Messiah College)
Athletic Trainer: Ed Lacerte (Boston University)