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What the Celtics draft picks had to say at their introductory news conference

The Celtics 2019 draft class. From left to right: Carson Edwards, Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, and Tremont Waters.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/Globe staff

The Celtics on Monday introduced their four new draft picks. Guard Romeo Langford (14th overall), forward Grant Williams (22nd), guard Carsen Edwards (31st), and guard Tremont Waters (51st). Here are some of their most notable quotes from their interview sessions at the Auerbach Center.


On playing through a ligament injury in his right thumb for Indiana:

“The main thing is I just wanted to be there for my team — I didn’t want to let my team down. Wanted to be there for my brothers. I didn’t want them to think I was just sitting out. I knew I could play through it. Also, I knew I could not play basketball for that long of a time, when I knew I could play through it. I was raised to be tough-minded and do stuff like that. That’s what it came down to.


Romeo Langford.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/Globe staff

“It was a whole new experience. No one plays basketball with a cast on their thumb and be able to throw the ball sometimes. Took a lot to get used to, so it was harder to shoot. Whole different feeling of the ball without using your thumb. But towards the end of the season I got more used to it and started shooting the ball better.”

On his familiarity with Brad Stevens and Gordon Hayward, fellow Indiana natives:

“I heard a lot about Brad Stevens when they made it to the tournament with Butler. Hayward, they beat my high school in semi-state one year. I didn’t know Gordon Hayward was Gordon Hayward at the time. But looking back on it, it was kind of cool. Looking back it’s kind of cool, because in my high school locker room they actually have a picture of Gordon Hayward at the line in semi-state. Kind of cool to now have him be my teammate.”



On twice scoring 42 points in the NCAA Tournament, leading Purdue to the regional final:

“Yeah we did go through some ups and downs definitely during the season and towards the end of the season, but that run helped us a lot. Especially chemistry-wise, especially ups and downs helped us a lot chemistry-wise, but for me myself the run helped. And I guess just on that stage it helped a lot because obviously, I’m still working, I have so much to work on in my game and things like that, but I averaged like 24 this year, so it’s not like those numbers were crazy. I had 40 before that in this past year, so just being on that stage was good for me.”

Carsen Edwards.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/Globe staff

On Steph Curry being an inspiration: “Steph Curry, I feel like he’s an inspiration to a lot of guys as far as shooting the ball. But honestly the people who give me inspiration or hope are the shorter guys that make it. They give me hope to understand it’s possible if you give everything you have and see where things go. But for the most part I enjoy watching him play. He’s a great player. Overall, I’m just glad to be here. I still have so much to work on, but shorter guards, guards that aren’t the tallest, give me inspiration.”


On the impact he hopes to have early in his career: “For myself, it’s really going to be whatever it takes for us to hang the next banner here, because I’m the type of team player it doesn’t really matter what you need me to do, just however I can make an impact, whatever you ask me, whatever Coach Stevens needs, that’s what I do.”


Grant Williams.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/Globe staff

On the positionless NBA: “I said before that either era you’re going to have that conflict whether guys can translate. But I said it’s more modern now where they want guys like myself and our size where we can defend multiple positions, be versatile, play both ends of the court and that’s something I can help take advantage of and pursue and keep going forward with. It’s really exciting because you look back in history it’s like you have guys more modern like Draymond [Green] and those guys but before that you had the Charles Barkley type. He was 6-4, 6-5 doing what he did, and Chuck Hayes and guys like that, that size that played that four position.”


His scouting report on Williams, a fellow SEC competitor: “Obviously playing against Grant, he’s willing to do whatever, so whatever the team needs him to do he’s willing to do it and he’s pretty much gritted it all. Having to against him you know he’s a tough, physical player to make the dirty plays but also he’s very smart to make those very articulate plays you don’t necessarily thing he’s going to make. And he can obviously step out and shoot the mid-range pull-up. He can hit a three here and there, he can definitely work on that but overall he’s a great player.”


More Celtics coverage:

■   Assessing the Celtics’ roster as free agency approaches

■   Meet all four of the Celtics’ draft picks

■   ‘His pick was real, right?’ Behind the scenes of Celtics pick Tremont Waters’s draft night

■  Gasper: Celtics’ future hinges on what Danny Ainge does next

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