2011 NBA Mock Draft: Pundits Have BC's Jackson To Either C's Or Rockets In Round 1

With 23 days remaining until the 2011 NBA Draft, we Celtics fans who are beyond tired of all LeBron, all the time, best concern ourselves with something less unsavory, like who the C's are looking at when the 25th selection comes up.

SB Nation's own Tom Ziller did some draft mockery on Tuesday and matched up a local product with the local team. Ziller has the Celts selecting Boston College point guard Reggie Jackson at 25, simply saying, "The Masshole Singularity." A move to grab Jackson would seem to make sense after backing up Rajon Rondo proved to be a problem for the C's throughout the season, even into the playoffs.

Over on ESPN.com, draft guru Chad Ford checked in with his mock draft, version 3.0, last week and saw the Celts going in a far different direction. Ford projected USC center Nikola Vucevic, a 7'0, 260-pounder, to be coming to Boston.

"The Celtics need size and Vucevic was one of the players who helped his draft stock the most the past week in Chicago," Ford surmised. "His measurements were off the charts and gave teams hope he could be a legit NBA center. Given his skill in the post, he could be a steal at this point in the draft."

Ford had the 6'3 Jackson going 23rd to the Houston Rockets and their new coach Kevin McHale. But on Tuesday, in his Draft Blog, he wrote:

"One guy you won't be reading about for the next week or two is Boston College's Reggie Jackson. Jackson didn't show to the Chicago pre-draft combine citing an injury. He hasn't worked out for anyone since, prompting speculation that he might have a promise from a team to be drafted.

In recent weeks, speculation on the internet has swirled around the Celtics and Nets as the teams that gave him promises. Not true according to both the teams and a source close to Jackson.

Jackson has a legit injury. He had a minor procedure on his knee on May 17th (the day after school ended), a source close to Jackson tells me. Jackson is currently rehabbing and should be ready for workouts on the second week of June. Once he's cleared to workout, he'll have a pretty full schedule. A number of teams, starting with the Pacers at No. 15, the Knicks at No. 17 and the Bobcats at No. 19 are fans of Jackson. And it's hard to see him slipping past the Miami Heat at No. 31."

Ford also pointed out on Tuesday that the C's were scheduled to have Richmond's Justin Harper, Wisconsin's Jon Leuer, VCU's Jamie Skeen and Butler's Matt Howard in for a Wednesday workout. All four players are power forwards with good outside shooting range. 

"You think the Celtics might be in the market for a stretch 4?" he asked. Perhaps they will be.

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