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Belmont in the NBA Finals

Photo Courtesy: Boston Celtics
Photo Courtesy: Boston Celtics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball standouts Evan Bradds ('17) and Drew Hanlen ('12) have played key roles in the Boston Celtics' trip to the NBA Finals.

Bradds, an Associated Press All-America selection and two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, has been with the Celtics' organization since 2017.

He began as an assistant coach with Boston's NBA G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, before quickly earning a role on Brad Stevens' coaching staff.

As Stevens transitioned to the front office and the Celtics welcomed Ime Udoka as head coach prior to this season, Bradds was elevated to player enhancement coach.

From video analysis and specialized player skill development, Bradds has contributed to the ascension of several Boston frontcourt players, most notably Grant Williams and Robert Williams.

Bradds is Belmont's NCAA Division I era career scoring leader with 1,921 points.

He ranks sixth all-time in NCAA Division I career field goal percentage (.667).

Hanlen serves as CEO of Pure Sweat Basketball and stands among the most respected and acclaimed basketball skills coaches and consultants in the world.

His NBA clients include Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, a two-time All-NBA selection and 2022 Eastern Conference Finals Most Valuable Player.

Other notable Hanlen clients include Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Tyler Herro and Jordan Clarkson.

Hanlen is featured in the upcoming Netflix flim, Hustle, starring Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah and Utah Jazz forward Juancho Hernangomez.

The St. Louis native ranked second nationally in 3-point field goal percentage as a senior (.482) and was part of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams at Belmont (2010, 2011, 2012).

Hanlen, Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson were named First Team All-Atlantic Sun in 2012 - believed to be the first time three guards were named first team all-conference.

Hanlen was named among the top keynote speakers in world by RealLeaders.com

The NBA Finals begin Thursday, June 2.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 15 of the last 17 seasons, including nine berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 20 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont has won 20 or more games in 12 consecutive seasons (Gonzaga, Kansas, Oregon). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 rankings 12 consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 19 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence

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