May 25, 1997
No one will have to tell the Celtics about the shorties of next month's
college draft. They have seen all of the top guards - standing between 5
feet 10 inches and 6-4 - in the past 10 days. Today, they will welcome a
Utah forward Keith Van Horn is
due in town, most likely for a Sunday morning workout. Van Horn, a 6-10
shooter, is often called the draft's second-best senior behind Tim
Duncan. Barring a trade, the Celtics could easily determine if Van Horn
plays here. After Duncan, Texas Tech's Tony Battie is expected to go
second. That would leave the Celtics with two of the next four picks.
Horn was in Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this week, working
with the Grizzlies (who pick fourth). Earlier this year, Jazz president
Frank Layden said Van Horn was more advanced than Kevin McHale at the
same point in his career.
Since Utah and Kentucky met in NCAA tournament play for two straight seasons, Celtics coach Rick Pitino said he has watched more than 40 tapes of Van Horn. This weekend, the coach and his staff will be able to see the real thing.
Taking stock of Foyle
The Celtics were scheduled to work out Adonal Foyle of Colgate
yesterday in Boston. Foyle could be their sleeper. Foyle is a 6-10
center, with good movement. Pitino
has to judge whether he can become the center the Celtics need, if the
club takes him and develops him over the next couple of years. Pitino
is still talking with several clubs about making some trades, but will
be comfortable if the Celtics simply use their picks. "There will be two
very good players there for us no matter what happens," Pitino said.