John Celestand, former NBA player and member of the Los Angeles Lakers' championship team in 2000, has come back to his New Jersey roots, as a Garden State basketball play-by-play announcer for MSG Varsity.

Celestand, an alumnus of Piscataway High School, helped lead the Chiefs to two consecutive County Championships. He went on to play at Villanova University scoring, 227 points in 124 career games from 1995-99. He was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Lakers.

On his new role at MSG Varsity, Celestand said, "Not every kid can play in the NBA or in college. But how about being the announcer that gets to say a kid's name for the first time? It's phenomal and I am very excited to be a part of this."