WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A dream of a lifetime came true for former New Hanover basketball standout Kadeem Allen on Thursday.
The Boston Celtics selected the guard from Arizona in the second round with the 53rd overall pick.
Allen watched the draft with family and friends, enjoying the special moment with the people that mean the most to him.
"It really hasn't hit me yet," Allen said. "I am just happy and blessed to be in this situation. For my daughter to be here with me and my family, it means a lot to me."
Allen made his name by playing outstanding defense, averaging the Pac-12's fifth-most steals (1.6) on his way to making the conference's All-Defensive Team last season.
He said he knows he will have to do the same to make the Celtics' roster.
"I am just going to go in and compete," Allen said. "Do what I do and not change anything. Defense got me here. Keep playing defense and give it my all."
Allen's journey toward a spot on the Celtics roster will begin during the NBA summer league in July.