Saturday , Jul , 03 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics sign all three first-round picks

=== Celtics sign all three first-round picks ===

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics Saturday signed all three
of their first-round selections to contracts. As per team policy, none of the
deals were disclosed.

Boston drafted high schooler Al Jefferson with the 15th pick, Saint Joseph’s
Delonte West at No. 24 and Tony Allen from Oklahoma State with the 25th pick
in the first round.

Jefferson, who was an early entry candidate into the 2004 NBA Draft, averaged
42.6 points and 18.0 rebounds during his senior year at Prentiss High School.
The 6-10 Jefferson was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Mississippi and
was chosen as Conference MVP in all four seasons of high school.

West, a 6-4 guard, spent three seasons with the Hawks before declaring for the
draft. As a junior, West averaged 18.9 points per game, and along with Player
of the Year Jameer Nelson, helped lead Saint Joseph’s to an undefeated regular
season. The Hawks eventually lost to Oklahoma State in the regional final.

Allen played with the Cowboys for his final two collegiate seasons and the 6-4
guard scored 15.3 points and hauled in 5.5 boards per game during his career.
During his senior campaign, he scored 16.0 points per game and guided Oklahoma
State to the 2003-04 Final Four where the school lost to Georgia Tech.

In other news, Boston made a qualifying offer to center Chris Mihm. In 54
games last year, Mihm averaged 6.1 points and grabbed 5.1 rebounds.