According to Austin Ainge, The Boston Celtics have reportedly worked out 70 prospects thus far in preparation for June 20th’s NBA Draft. They’re doing their homework to say the least. One prospect in particular has really jumped off the page in terms of fit/mindset and that man is Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield.
For those not familiar with the decorated forward, he spent four years at Tennessee, starting 95 of his 132 games played. He’s a bruiser with a love for defense and somebody who epitomizes the idea of a leader on the college level. He was the heart and soul of the Volunteers and in his junior/senior seasons led them to the NCAA Tournament where they eventually fell in the second round in 2018, and in the Sweet Sixteen in 2019. This year in particular, he and front court mate Grant Williams spearheaded the Vols to their best season since 2007-08 as they finished 31-6. He led a culture change in Knoxville and left the program as one of their most polarizing stars in recent memory.
Nowadays, he’s working out for NBA teams preparing for a potential selection in the 2019 NBA Draft. A few quotes stood out in particular from this morning as the Celtics allowed media availability to workouts for the first time this offseason.
As Celtics beat reporter Chris Forsberg suggested, Brad Stevens may have fallen in love with Schofield already. This brings no surprise, he’s a junkyard dog who seems like he doesn’t care about all of the limelight and all he wants to do is play. If Brad Stevens had a checklist of prerequisites he looks for in potential players, Schofield might check all of them. He’d be the perfect guy to enter into the fold coming off of the disaster that was this season for the green. The Celtics were thin up front all season long and another body who can either buck up down low, or bump out to the 3-point line would be a welcome addition to this team. Couple that with the possibility of he and Semi Ojeleye working out together in the weight room, and we’d have quite the scene on our hands.
While Stevens may be on board with Schofield, it ultimately depends on what Danny Ainge thinks and where Schofield ends up going in the draft. Most mock drafts have Schofield going anywhere from the late-first round, all the way to the late-second round. He seems to be one of the most difficult prospects to project in this draft as his former running mate Grant Williams has gotten the most buzz out of Tennessee. Take into account that Schofield is a 4-year senior at 22 years old and this also might be a red flag for teams when considering drafting him (It shouldn’t be, but age is a key factor in where a lot of these players go in the draft). If the Celtics want Schofield they’ll have a chance to grab him with either the 14th, 20th, or 22nd selections. It also wouldn’t be surprising if they attempted to trade up in the second round if he ends up falling that far as he might be the best value pick in this draft.