The Celtics wanted an athletic big man, and that’s what they got in Robert Williams

Texas A&M's Robert Williams dunks against Providence during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, March 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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The clock starts now for Williams, but tutoring a raw big man into being a defensive dominator is a good issue to have.

Michigan guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, left, shoots in front of Texas A&M forward Robert Williams during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament regional semifinal Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

Celtics see Robert Williams as a high-flying bundle of athleticism with defensive prowess

Opposing rim-runners will have Texas A&M product Robert Williams and his 7-foot-5-inch wingspan to contend with should they decide to venture beyond the foul line.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Robert Williams #44 of the Texas A&M Aggies dunks on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 18, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A closer look at Robert Williams, the newest Celtic

He is known for his defensive ability, but the Celtics see potential for more.

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Here’s the full list of 2018 NBA draft picks

All 60 picks.

// BC’s Jerome Robinson drafted 13th overall by Clippers

It’s the highest a BC player has been chosen since John Bagley was taken 12th by the Cavaliers in 1982.

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 16: Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during their game at Safeco Field on June 16, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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Red Sox return to Fenway for rematch of pitcher’s duel

Wade LeBlanc bested Steven Wright, 1-0 last Saturday, holding the Sox to two hits and retiring 22 straight batters over 7 innings.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Adrian Clayborn #99 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after sacking Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 7, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Adrian Clayborn turned heads, and blockers, at Patriots minicamp

The veteran defensive lineman credits the Patriots veterans for getting him up to speed with this defense.

Miami center Ebuka Izundu (15) guard Bruce Brown Jr. (11) and forward Sam Waardenburg (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Celtics notebook

Boston native Bruce Brown falls to Pistons

The Miami guard had two workouts with the Celtics, but he fell to the second round, No. 42 overall.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22: Robert Williams #44 of the Texas A&M Aggies with the ball in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at Staples Center on March 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Celtics draft forward Robert Williams with 27th overall pick

Williams, a skilled defensive big, played two seasons at Texas A&M.

// ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski became a master of synonyms with his draft night ‘Woj Bombs’

Rather than tweeting a team was selecting a specific player, he hedged it ever-so-slightly.


// Dallas Mavericks acquire rights to Slovenian guard Doncic

The Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5.


// Ilya Kovalchuk tops Bruins GM Don Sweeney’s agenda

The Bruins have spoken numerous times with representatives of the 35-year-old former Atlanta Thrashers captain.

Boston Red Sox' pitcher Rick Porcello throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Rick Porcello made sure the Red Sox got a win they needed

Porcello knew he had to be good Thursday, and he was.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 21: Rick Porcello #22 of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 21, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)


Rick Porcello is sharp as Red Sox rout Twins in trip finale

Porcello gave up just one hit and one walk in seven shutout innings.


// Video study helped Mookie Betts break slump

Betts said he reviewed video of at-bats before his DL stint and that helped him get back into a better rhythm at the plate.

Oliver Wahlstrom was a member of the United States's Under-18 national team that won the 2018 Five Nations Tournament. (Rena Laverty/USA Hockey)

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For his next trick, Oliver Wahlstrom will become a high NHL draft pick

A trick-shot artist at age 9, the Boston College recruit has a powerful offensive game that could make him a top-10 selection.

// Bruins catch some breaks in 2018-19 schedule

At first look, the season schedule looks less taxing than last year’s grind.

Brazil 2, Costa Rica 0

// Brazil scores twice in injury time to eliminate Costa Rica

Philippe Coutinho scored in the first minute of stoppage time, and Neymar followed six minutes later.


// For Red Sox pitching prospects, velocity is simply not enough

You can get away with one plus pitch in the minors, but that won’t work at the major league level.

Lowell, MA - 6/21/2018 - North Attleborough pitcher Nick Sinacola celebrates with catcher Zach DeMattio,after the final out in their 4-3 win over Beverly in the Division 2 state baseball championship game at LeLacheur Park in Lowell. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Karl Capen, Topic: 22schbaseball, LOID: 8.4.2314275963.

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Senior duo leads North Attleborough to first D2 title

Nick Sinacola spun a complete-game gem (9 strikeouts, 4 hits, 2 walks) and batterymate Zach DeMattio drove in all the runs for the Red Rocketeers (22-2).


// Defending champ Jordan Spieth tied for lead at PGA Travelers

Spieth’s 7-under-par 63 matched Zach Johnson for the first-round lead.

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Devin McCourty joins NFL players in calling for Trump’s help

McCourty shared a video message, as well as a New York Times op-ed by four NFL players, to ask President Trump to help fight injustice.

// NFL players ask Trump for systemic reform instead of pardons

In a New York Times op-ed piece, the Players Coalition responded to the president’s request for pardon suggestions.

// David Ortiz to manage in All-Star Futures Game

Ortiz will manage the World team next month and Torii Hunter will lead the US.

Sports Log

// Ex-Ohio State doctor accused of sexual misconduct was Harvard fellow

Richard Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005, had been a research fellow at Harvard Medical School in 1975-77.

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//[1].jpg Jack Edwards to remain with NESN as Bruins play-by-play voice

Edwards reportedly got a four-year extension, and the rest of the NESN hockey team will remain intact, too.


// Croatia pushes Argentina to the verge of elimination

Argentina’s 3-0 loss was its worst in group play in 60 years.


// Australia gets crucial draw with Denmark

Australia tied the score in the 38th minute after a Denmark handball resulted in a penalty kick.

// Spring high school championships schedule and results

21 state titles are on the line this week in baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and rugby.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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