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Harangody signs deal with Celtics

In the shadows of the Boston Celtics' introductory news conference Tuesday for center Shaquille O'Neal, a former Notre Dame star joined the team.

Luke Harangody, who was selected in the second round of the NBA draft, agreed to a two-year contract with Boston, Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"It's a great feeling to have a little job security, especially guaranteed," Harangody told reporters after O'Neal's news conference. "It helps me sleep easier at night. And to sign the contract is also a great feeling as well."

Harangody finished second on the Irish's all-time scoring (2,434 points) and rebounding (1,207) lists. He was a two-time All-American, a three-time Big East first-team selection, the 2007-08 Big East player of the year and the first player inducted into Notre Dame's ring of honor in the refurbished Purcell Pavilion.

Harangody and fellow seniors Tory Jackson, Jonathan Peoples and Tim Andree graduated as the winningest class (93-43) in Notre Dame history.

The 6-foot-8 forward was taken with the 52nd selection overall in the draft and was impressive during Summer League play in Orlando, Fla.

He led the Celtics with 16.8 points per game, shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 50 percent on three-pointers.

"I've been working in the gym all summer, working on the three-point ball, the NBA three-point ball," Harangody said. "It's a big deal. I just got comfortable out there; it showed in the summer league. It surprised a lot of people."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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