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Boston Celtics Draft Grant Williams With 22nd Overall Pick

The first of the Big Three has been summoned.

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Grant Williams’ wait is over. As of Thursday night, he is now a member of the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics spent their second pick in the first round - the 22nd overall pick - on the two-time SEC Player of the Year.

The now-former Tennessee Volunteer joins head coach Brad Stephens and will play alongside the likes of Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and others.

The undersized 6-7 power forward was under-recruited out of high school. As a three-star prospect, Williams ended up choosing Tennessee over a couple of Ivy League offers.

Williams averaged 18.8 points per game last season while shooting 56 percent from the field as a junior for Tennessee. Williams pulled in 7.5 rebounds per game, while dishing out over three assists per contest.

His big junior season landed him as the SEC player of the year for the second season in a row. Williams was named a first team All-American and was also named a finalist for the national player of the year award.

He finished his career averaging 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 2.1 assists per game.

The decision to leave early paid off and now Williams will get to strut his stuff on the big stage.