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Missouri's Pressey signs with Boston Celtics after going undrafted

Friday, June 28, 2013 | 4:11 p.m. CDT; updated 6:13 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA — Phil Pressey was not chosen in Thursday night's NBA Draft, but he will still have a chance to fulfill his NBA dream.

Pressey, the Missouri men's basketball team's former point guard, was signed Thursday night by the Boston Celtics as an undrafted free agent, according to a representative from CAA Sports. Pressey, who declared for the draft with a season of NCAA eligibility remaining, is represented by Aaron Mintz with the agency.

Danny Ainge, the general manager for the Celtics, called Pressey to deliver the news. Pressey will join the team this weekend and will start playing for the Celtics' Summer League team Wednesday.

The Summer League will take place in Orlando from July 7 to 12. After that, Pressey will hope to earn a spot on the Celtics' roster for the regular season.

Pressey came into Missouri as a highly touted four-star recruit and contributed quickly, starting 12 games and averaging 6.5 points, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a freshman.

As a sophomore, he was the lead point guard for one of the most successful teams Missouri has put on the floor. He logged at least 24 minutes in every game for a team that won 30 games, won the Big 12 Conference Tournament and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Along the way Pressey, shattered the school's single season assist record with 223.

As a junior, after being named Southeastern Conference Preseason Player of the Year, he became Missouri's all-time assist (580) and steals (196) leader. But the Tigers did not meet expectations finishing at 23-11 and suffering a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. In several crucial games, such as at UCLA and at Arkansas, Pressey came under criticism for bad late-game decisions and turnovers.

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.


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