Here is a closer look at Cal forward Jaylen Brown, the Celtics’ top pick in this year’s NBA Draft:
Round: 1. Pick: 3.
Height: 6-7. Weight: 223. Age: 19.
Hometown: Marietta, Ga. High school: Wheeler.
Notable: Excellent athlete who registered only 5.1 percent body fat at the NBA Draft Combine, but doesn’t have one standout skill . . . Impressed Celtics in two workouts and in interviews with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens . . . Averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.6 minutes per game as a freshman at Cal . . . Was the 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year . . . Good transition player but doesn’t have a well-developed jumper (made 29.4 percent of his 3-point attempts in college) . . . Averaged 18.9 points per game on the road . . . Has physicality and versatility to develop into elite wing defender in the NBA . . . Drew 7.0 fouls per 40 minutes, second only to Ben Simmons among the draft’s freshmen . . . McDonald’s All-American and consensus top-five national prospect out of high school, had offers from Kentucky and North Carolina but made surprising decision to attend Cal.
Here are some highlights from Brown’s meeting with reporters after being drafted:
Q. How do you feel like you’re going to fit into the NBA and what are the skills you feel like you can bring to the Celtics right away?
A. “NBA is a faster pace, faster tempo, so it’s a lot of transition, and I feel like that’s where I excel, that’s where I thrive. However, I do have to get a lot better. Decision making has to get a lot better. But the NBA is a faster pace, a lot of versatility. Guys that can guard multiple positions are very valuable, and I think I add to that really well.”
Q. Was this a tough decision to leave? Now that you’re going to Boston, are you looking at going to Harvard during the off-season?
A. “That’s a good question. That’s a very good question. Anytime you make a decision you want to make sure you take your time and make sure you evaluate from top to bottom, make sure you’re making the right one. So it took a while to make a decision because education is important to me, but this was the right thing for me to do, and Boston has a great history of education and some great universities like Harvard, MIT. I’ve done my research, so we’ll see.”
Q. What happened in your mind when you first arrived for the draft, then when you hear your name called?
A. “What was going through my mind? I didn’t think Boston was going to pick me for some reason. I don’t know. I was sitting there and I was nervous as all get-out. Somebody texted me and was like, “Didn’t hear anything from Boston.” They were obviously playing a joke on me, but I was sweating and I was nervous. But when they picked me, just a sigh of relief left me, and I’m happy I’m here.”
Q. How familiar are you with the Celtics and what can you bring to their team as you join it?
A. “No players were in when I was in either time, but I know a few of them. I know James Young went to Kentucky. I don’t know him personally but I know of him, and Isaiah Thomas, the point guard, I know he’s really close with the actual Isiah Thomas. So that relationship is probably going to be set when we get there and everything, but that’s about it. I don’t know really anybody on the team, but I do know that they’re a playoff team and they’re looking for somebody to come and add and not take away from what they’ve been doing, so that’s what I want to do.”
Q. What’s made you choose your draft-night suit?
A. “This is the one that kind of popped out. I know a lot of young guys tend to go with flashy colors or fluorescent patterns or floral patterns. I just wanted to keep it simple, classic, timeless, but definitely, definitely classy. That’s what I wanted to do. That matches my personality, so I expressed my personality through my suit.”
Rachel G. Bowers of the Globe staff conributed to this report.