John Celestand
Drafted by:
L.A. Lakers, Round 2, pick 30.

College: Villanova
Height: 6-3
Weight: 175 pounds
Position: Guard
Age: 22 (March 6, 1977)
Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Career highlights

  • At Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game
  • During career at Villanova, played both guard positions and finished eighth on Villanova's career assists list with 450, 10th in steals with 155 and 32nd in scoring

    College highlights

  • Sat out opening game of senior year with lower back spasms, came off the bench in the next two games and then started the remaining 29 games
  • Led Wildcats in scoring (14.3 ppg) and assists (4.4 apg)
  • MVP of Top of the World Classic in Alaska, averaging 16.7 ppg and shooting 65 percent in three games
  • Matched career high with nine rebounds against St. Joseph's
  • Scored in double figures in 17 of last 18 games, and had 20 points or more in five of last eight outings
  • Rose to the occasion in Big East Tournament for the second year in a row, scoring a career-high 26 points against West Virginia and 24 points against Syracuse


  • Played in all 29 games and made 21 starts, leading Wildcats in scoring (13.2 ppg), assists (5.1 apg) and steals (1.66 spg) and ranking fourth in rebounding (4.1 rpg)
  • Ranked second on team with 47 3-pointers
  • Averaged 20.7 ppg, 6.7 apg and 5.7 rpg over last six games of the season, shooting .517 (46-for-89) from the field and .514 (19-for-37) from 3-point range
  • Scored 20 or more points six times, including four of last six games
  • Tallied season-high 25 points vs. Pittsburgh and 23 points vs. Syracuse in Big East Tournament
  • Had consecutive 24-point games vs. Syracuse and Connecticut during season
  • Handed out a career-high 13 assists vs. West Virginia


  • Named Villanova's Most Improved Player
  • Played in all 34 games, making 24 starts including final 21 games of the season
  • Ranked fourth on the team in scoring at 8.3 ppg, reaching double figures 13 times including a season-high 17 points in NCAA Tournament game against Long Island
  • Also had a career-high nine rebounds and a season-high nine assists in that game
  • Turned in outstanding defensive performance against Boston College, limiting high-scoring Scoonie Penn to eight points on 3-for-18 shooting from the field Freshman
  • Appeared in 30 games, all off the bench as a backup to Alvin Williams (Toronto Raptors), and averaged 3.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.5 apg
  • Led Wildcats with 19 points in 21 minutes against Georgetown, shooting 7-for-10, plus season-high five rebounds.

    College statistics
    3-point field goals: 1995-96, 10-for-39 (.256); 1996-97, 29-for-102 (.284); 1997-98, 47-for-144 (.326); 1998-99, 58-for-153 (.379). Totals: 144-for-438 (.329).

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