CHICAGO — The Celtics have already interviewed several projected top-10 draft picks at the NBA Scouting Combine, a league source told the Globe, including possible No. 1 overall choice Brandon Ingram of Duke.
Boston has also met with Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Kentucky’s Jamal Murray, two elite shooters who would seem to fill a need.
Among the top frontcourt players, the Celtics have interviewed California’s Jaylen Brown and are scheduled to interview Utah center Jakob Poeltl, the source said.
At the Combine, the interviews teams conduct with prospects can offer some valuable intelligence. Teams submit a list of 30 players they would like to speak to, and then 18-20 are assigned to them by the league. Teams often request players they might not be able to bring in for individual workouts at their own facilities, and sometimes they are assigned players they did not even request.
Here is the full list of players the Celtics have interviewed or are scheduled to interview, according to the source: Kay Felder (Oakland), Diamond Stone (Maryland), Jaylen Brown (California), Wade Baldwin (Vanderbilt), Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State), Deyonta Davis (Michigan State), Jamal Murray (Kentucky), Zhou Qi (China), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Brandon Ingram (Duke), Malachi Richardson (Syracuse), Patrick McCaw (UNLV), Chinanu Onuaku (Louisville), Damian Jones (Vanderbilt), Malik Newman (Mississippi State), Cat Barber (North Carolina State), Cheick Diallo (Kansas), Thon Maker (high school), Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin), Jakob Poeltl (Utah).