The Boston Celtics have selected Syracuse Orange forward Kris Joseph with the No. 51 pick in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft.
It was a long wait for Joseph but well worth it. He's instantly reunited with Fab Melo, who was drafted by the Celts earlier in the evening. Along with Dion Waiters, it marks the first time in the history of Syracuse that three players have been picked in the first two rounds of the same NBA Draft.
Joseph's four-year career was a succesful-if-not-stellar one at Syracuse. A Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 nominee, Joseph led the Orange in scoring (13.4 PPG) and maintained a dependable role for one of the top teams in the nation all season long, even if he never made the leap into the rarefied air of other former Syracuse stars. Named an AP Honorabe Mention All-American and one of the 15 post-season finalists for the Wooden Award. He ended his career as the 55th player to score 1,000 points at Syracuse.
Joseph was a fan favorite for Orange fans and we'll be crossing our fingers that he finds success in the NBA or wherever his pro career takes him.
Congrats, Le Quebecois!