On this day in Boston Celtics history, champion reserve big man Gregory Fuller Kite
would be born in Houston, Texas in 1961. Kite began playing the sport at age 10 for a local
YWCA team and grew to 6-foot-10 by the age of 15. He would play his collegiate basketball for the
Brigham Young University Cougars after being recruited by major programs like Duke,
Kentucky, and UCLA, where he played with future Boston teammates Danny Ainge and Fred Roberts.
He would have the luck to be drafted by the Celtics with the 21st overall
pick of the 1983 NBA draft, where he was reunited with Roberts and Ainge.
“That summer the Celtics traded Rick Robey to the Phoenix Suns for Dennis Johnson and a first-round pick,”
explained Kite in an interview with Michael McLellan of Celtics Nation.