The Boiling Point: JaJuan Johnson was drafted 27th overall in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Former Purdue All-American big man, JaJuan Johnson, was drafted 27th by the New Jersey Nets tonight. He will then be traded to the Celtics as part of a deal for Marshon Brooks(who the Celtics just drafted two picks before).
Johnson is the first Boilermaker selected in the first round since Glenn Robinson was the first overall pick in the 1994 draft. He is the seventh first-round pick in Purdue history, and the Boilers’ first draft pick since Carl Landry was taken 31st overall in 2007.
“The sky is the limit for JaJuan,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “This is a great day for him and his family, and it’s the beginning of a great career. He’s a relentless worker who will do a great job of getting himself ready to play.”
The Indianapolis native turned in one of the finest seasons the program has ever seen in 2010-11, earning consensus All-America honors after averaging 20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He became just the third player in conference history to win the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season, and was also Purdue’s first-ever recipient of the NABC’s Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award.
More to come on how Johnson and E’Twaun Moore fit in with their new teams.