Boston Celtics: Jarvis Varnado

Varnado savoring time with C's

January, 2, 2013
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Jarvis Varnado didn't have much time to adapt to his new Boston surroundings when the Celtics signed him away from the Sioux Falls SkyForce of the NBA Development League on Dec. 24.

The C's embarked on a four-game road trip that day, with a pit stop in Brooklyn before a cross-country flight for three games in California. Varnado played minor minutes at the tail end of each game of the trip, and though extensive travel is nothing new for him, he was grateful to be back in Waltham for practice on Tuesday, knowing those sessions are what will best aid his adjustment process.

Varnado said Tuesday he's getting his footing in his new Boston reality, and now he's ready to learn the intricacies of the Celtics' system.

"Yeah, I'm settling in. Now just getting into the plays, learning the plays real well and it's going to take practice," Varnado said. "We haven't practiced a lot because we've been on the road trip, but now this is my second practice here with the team, so just trying to execute the plays, learn them to a T."

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C's formally announce signing of Varnado

December, 24, 2012
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The Boston Celtics formally announced the signing of D-League standout Jarvis Varnado on Monday.

Varnado will wear jersey No. 41.

Here's his bio courtesy of the Celtics' official release: "Varnado, a 6-9 forward, appeared in 10 games for the Sioux Falls SkyForce of the NBA Development League this season averaging 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and an NBADL high 3.9 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game. Varnado was originally drafted by the Miami Heat with the 41st pick in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Mississippi State. Varnado left Mississippi State as the NCAA’s all-time leader in blocked shots. He has played overseas in Europe with Carmatic Pistoia of the Italian second division, Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. in Israel and Pallancestro Virtus Roma of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A."

C's sign Jarvis Varnado

December, 24, 2012
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Shane Bevel/NBAE via Getty ImagesJarvis Varnado at work for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Thin on frontcourt depth, the Boston Celtics will sign D-League forward Jarvis Varnado, according to a tweet from his representatives at Impact Sports.

Varnado, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game in 10 appearances for the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season. The 24-year-old was drafted in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 draft by the Miami Heat. He spent time in Israel and Italy before landing in the D-League this winter.

The Celtics had an open roster spot after Darko Milicic left the team last month. Boston's need for a big man was heightened when Doc Rivers disclosed today that center/forward Chris Wilcox will miss about a month due to a right thumb issue.

Varnado is an athletic big man who can rebound and block shots. The Celtics, who struck gold when they signed Greg Stiemsma last season after his time in Sioux Falls, are hoping to find another serviceable young big via the Skyforce.

Rivers said Sunday that he wasn't sure the team would ink a big man before the team's upcoming four-game road trip, but the Celtics appear to have moved quick to add depth. The addition will put Boston at the 15-man roster limit, but the Celtics could still be players at the trade deadline if they desire to seek further frontcourt upgrades.

The Celtics also have rookie center Fab Melo with Maine of the D-League, but Rivers hinted Sunday that Melo simply isn't ready for the NBA level at the moment.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9