CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Porter-Gaud alum Aaron Nesmith had his NBA dream come true on Wednesday night when he was taken in the 1st round of the draft by the Boston Celtics with the 14th overall pick.
Nesmith, who was called the best shooter in the entire draft by ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, spent the last 2 seasons playing at Vanderbilt. Last season he led the nation making more than 50% of his 3-point shots.
“I want to be great. I want to be the best player I can be, and so that includes defense.” Nesmith said in a Zoom call with media on Wednesday night. “I’m going to give my all and the best effort I have to that side of the floor, and with my size, length and athleticism, being able to guard multiple positions. You know, an absolute sniper, a guy who’s going to make life easier for the creators of the offense, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker. A guy that is always going to be there and work hard and earn his stripes and do it on both sides of the floor.”
He becomes the 2nd player from Porter-Gaud to make the NBA following in the footsteps of current Bucks forward Khris Middleton who was taken in the 2nd round in 2012.
During his time at Porter-Gaud Nesmith helped lead the Cyclones to three SCISA 3-A state championships and was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2018.
He averaged almost 15 points per game over his 2 seasons at Vanderbilt, but he stepped up in his sophomore season going for 23 points, almost 5 rebounds and 1 assist per game before a foot injury cut his season short.