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Celtics set roster for summer leagues

From left, Jaylen Brown, Guerschon Yabusele, Ben Bentil, Ante Zizic and Abdel Nader. All except Zizic will play on the Celtics’ summer league team.AP

The Celtics on Friday officially announced their summer league roster, which is highlighted by four returning players and five of the team’s six draft picks.

No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown leads the deep rookie class. Ante Zizic, the 23rd overall selection who is from Croatia, is not on the team, but French forward Guerschon Yabusele will play. The roster includes the rest of the Celtics’ recent draft class: guard Demetrius Jackson, forward Ben Bentil, and forward Abdel Nader.

Third-year forward James Young is the most experienced player on the team, and he will be joined by second-year players Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, and Jordan Mickey. Marcus Thornton, the 45th overall pick of last year’s draft who played in Australia last season, is also on the roster.


Corey Walden and Malcolm Miller played for Boston’s summer league team last season before joining the Maine Red Claws. Finally, the roster is rounded out by a pair of free-agent signees: former Villanova forwards JayVaugh Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou.

The Celtics are practicing in Waltham on Friday and Saturday before departing for Salt Lake City on Sunday to play in the Utah Jazz Summer League. Boston will face the 76ers on Monday night. After facing the Spurs and Jazz, the Celtics will depart for the Las Vegas Summer League, which begins on July 9.

Celtics summer league roster
No. Player Pos/Ht/Wt
50 Ben Bentil F 6-9 235
9 Jaylen Brown F 6-7 220
28 R.J. Hunter G 6-6 190
26 Demetrius Jackson G 6-1 201
55 Jordan Mickey F 6-8 235
48 Malcolm Miller F 6-7 210
51 Abdel Nader F 6-6 230
52 JayVaughn Pinkston F 6-7 240
12 Terry Rozier G 6-1 190
27 Marcus Thornton G 6-4 190
46 Corey Walden G 6-2 189
30 Guerschon Yabusele F 6-7 260
63 Mouphtaou Yarou C 6-9 255
13 James Young G/F 6-6 215
SOURCE: Boston Celtics

Summer league schedule

All times Eastern


Monday, July 4: vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 5: vs. Utah Jazz (7 p.m.)

Thursday, July 7: vs. San Antonio Spurs (9 p.m.)


Saturday, July 9: vs. Chicago Bulls (6 p.m.)

Sunday, July 10: vs. Phoenix Suns (10:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 12: vs. Dallas Mavericks (6 p.m.)

July 13-18: tournament play

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.