Jaden Springer

American basketball player (born 2002)

Jaden Springer
Springer in 2017
No. 44 – Boston Celtics
PositionShooting guard / point guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (2002-09-25) September 25, 2002 (age 21)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeTennessee (2020–2021)
NBA draft2021: 1st round, 28th overall pick
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career2021–present
Career history
2021–2024Philadelphia 76ers
20212023→Delaware Blue Coats
2024–presentBoston Celtics
2024Maine Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Jaden Tyree Springer (born September 25, 2002) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Early life and high school career

While in eighth grade, Springer played varsity basketball for Lighthouse Christian School in Antioch, Tennessee, averaging a team-high 19 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.[1] In his first two years of high school, he played for Rocky River High School in Mint Hill, North Carolina, being drawn by head basketball coach Jermaine Walker despite academic and disciplinary concerns about the school.[2] In his freshman season, Springer averaged 21.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and five assists per game and led his team to its first state tournament appearance.[3] As a sophomore, he averaged 24.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.4 blocks per game, helping Rocky River reach the Class 4A state semifinals.[4] He was named Southwestern 4A Player of the Year.[5]

Entering his junior and senior seasons, Springer transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.[6] He joined one of the best teams in the country and became teammates with top recruits Armando Bacot, Josh Green and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.[7] As a junior, Springer averaged 15.6 points, four rebounds and four assists, helping his team win GEICO High School Nationals.[8] He scored 26 points in a 74–73 semifinal win over Montverde Academy.[9] In his senior season, Springer averaged 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game for IMG. He played through an ankle injury throughout the season and was in turn sidelined from some games.[10][11] Springer was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

Recruiting

Springer began receiving scholarship offers from NCAA Division I basketball programs during his freshman season in high school.[13] As a sophomore, he emerged as one of the best players in the 2020 class.[14] On October 23, 2019, he committed to play college basketball for Tennessee over offers from Memphis and Michigan, among others.[15]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jaden Springer
SG
Charlotte, NC IMG Academy (FL) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 23, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 94
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 16  247Sports: 16  ESPN: 17
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Tennessee 2020 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  • "2020 Tennessee Volunteers Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  • "2020 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 18, 2020.

College career

On December 18, 2020, Springer recorded 21 points, six rebounds and six assists in a 103–49 win against Tennessee Tech.[16] On February 10, 2021, he scored a career-high 30 points in an 89–81 win over Georgia.[17] As a freshman, Springer averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, earning Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman Team honors.[18] Following the season, he declared for the 2021 NBA draft and signed with an agent.[19]

Professional career

Philadelphia 76ers (2021–2024)

Springer was selected with the 28th pick in the 2021 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.[20] On August 4, 2021, Springer was signed by the Sixers.[21] On October 24, 2021, Springer was assigned to the Sixers G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.[22] Springer would spend the majority of his rookie year with the Blue Coats, playing only 2 regular season games for the 76ers.

In his sophomore season, Springer won the NBA G League title with the Blue Coats and was named the championship game most valuable player.[23]

Boston Celtics (2024–present)

On February 8, 2024, Springer was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for a second-round pick.[24]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2021–22 Philadelphia 2 0 3.0 1.000 1.0 .0 .0 1.0 1.0
2022–23 Philadelphia 16 2 5.6 .486 .400 .750 .9 .5 .4 .2 2.6
2023–24 Philadelphia 32 1 11.8 .390 .216 .824 1.8 1.1 .8 .3 4.0
Boston 17 1 7.6 .433 .182 .875 1.2 .5 .6 .2 2.1
Career 67 4 9.0 .418 .226 .820 1.4 .8 .6 .3 3.1

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2022 Philadelphia 5 0 2.6 .500 .000 .8 .4 .0 .0 1.2
2023 Philadelphia 4 0 4.2 1.000 .500 .0 .0 .3 .0 2.3
Career 9 0 3.3 .700 .000 .500 .4 .2 .1 .0 1.7

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2020–21 Tennessee 25 15 25.9 .467 .435 .810 3.5 2.9 1.2 .4 12.5

Personal life

Springer's father, Gary, was a McDonald's All-American basketball player and played college basketball for Iona. Gary was a sixth-round selection in the 1984 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but did not play professionally due to a lingering knee injury.[2] Both of Springer's older brothers played college basketball: Gary Jr. for Iona and Jordan for Army. His cousin, DeAndre' Bembry, last played professionally for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.[14]

References

  1. ^ Wertz Jr., Langston (August 10, 2016). "One of the nation's highest-ranked freshman, Jaden Springer, to play basketball at Rocky River High". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  2. ^ a b McLamb, Michael (June 4, 2018). "The Jaden Springer story: 'A quiet revelation'". USATodayHSS.com. USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "Jaden Springer". USAB.com. USA Basketball. December 4, 2019. Archived from the original on August 12, 2021. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  4. ^ Divens, Jordan (April 17, 2018). "2017–18 MaxPreps Boys Basketball Sophomore All-American Team". MaxPreps.com. MaxPreps. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Wertz Jr., Langston (February 26, 2018). "Jaden Springer, Nia Daniel named Southwestern 4A players of the year". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Jordan, Jason (August 22, 2018). "Chosen 25 guard Jaden Springer transferring to IMG Academy". USA Today. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Divens, Jordan (October 17, 2018). "Preseason Top 25 High School Basketball Rankings: No. 3 IMG Academy". MaxPreps.com. MaxPreps. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Divens, Jordan (April 11, 2019). "MaxPreps 2018–19 High School Boys Basketball All-American Team". MaxPreps.com. MaxPreps. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  9. ^ Jordan, Jason (April 5, 2019). "GEICO Nationals: No. 4 IMG Academy (Fla.) stages epic comeback to knockoff No. 3 Montverde (Fla.) Academy". USATodayHSS.com. USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  10. ^ Divens, Jordan (March 25, 2020). "MaxPreps 2019–20 High School Boys Basketball All-American Team". MaxPreps.com. MaxPreps. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  11. ^ Jordan, Jason (January 18, 2020). "Ten Five-Star Prospects Make Montverde-IMG Must-See TV". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  12. ^ Jordan, Jason (March 12, 2019). "McDonald's All American Game Cancelled Amid COVID-19 Concerns". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  13. ^ Wertz Jr., Langston (January 26, 2017). "Rocky River High freshman's talent dazzles coach, teammates, college recruiters". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Wertz Jr., Langston (February 17, 2018). "How good is hotly recruited Jaden Springer? 'It's not fair,' Rocky River High coach says". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Rapp, Timothy (October 23, 2019). "5-Star SG Prospect Jaden Springer Commits to Tennessee over Memphis". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  16. ^ Wilson, Mike (December 18, 2020). "Jaden Springer dazzles as Tennessee Vols basketball blows out Tennessee Tech". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  17. ^ Paschall, David (February 10, 2021). "Jaden Springer's season-high 30 points pace Vols past Georgia". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  18. ^ Schuster, Blake (March 29, 2021). "Tennessee's Jaden Springer Declares for 2021 NBA Draft, Will Hire Agent". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  19. ^ "Jaden Springer of Tennessee Volunteers declares for NBA draft, signing with agent". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 29, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  20. ^ Levick, Noah (July 29, 2021). "Sixers take another 1-and-done guard, grabbing Springer at No. 28". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  21. ^ "76ers Sign First-Round Pick Jaden Springer". NBA.com. August 4, 2021. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  22. ^ Carlin, Ky (October 24, 2021). "Sixers assign rookie Jaden Springer to Blue Coats in the G League". Sixers Wire. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  23. ^ Levick, Noah (April 7, 2023). "Delaware Blue Coats win G League championship; Jaden Springer named Finals MVP". NBCSports.com. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  24. ^ "Boston Celtics Acquire Springer". NBA.com. February 8, 2024. Retrieved February 8, 2024.

External links

  • Tennessee Volunteers bio
  • USA Basketball bio
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