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CENTERS

CENTERS

Frank Barr 7'0 220 Lafayette College

History

Will start at center. Provides Lafayette with a legitimate shot blocker with his 7-0 frame and 7-2 wingspan. Possesses great timing and leaping ability which allows him to change a lot of shots on the interior.

1999-2000: Played in all 31 of Lafayette’s games, averaging 14.6 minutes, 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Scored in double figures in six games. Scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Navy in the Patriot League Tournament Final Scored 12 points vs. Army in opening round of the league tournament. Scored a career-high 14 points on a 5-6 night at at Lehigh while swatting away three shots and grabbing four boards. Set a school-record seven blocks and grabbed eight rebounds against Towson.

1998-99: Stepped into the center role and played in all of the Leopards’ games, starting 11. Averaged 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the and led the team in blocks with 47 on the season (1.6 bpg).

HOFSTRA 1996-97: Saw action in 10 games for the Flying Dutchmen, who went 12-15 overall and 9-9 in the America East.

HIGH SCHOOL: A First-Team All-Delaware Valley Conference selection as a senior after averaging 13 points, nine rebounds, and 7.5 blocks per game at Penn Wood. Selected to the All-Delaware County first team by the News of Delaware County and the All-Delaware County second team by the Delaware County Times.

Evaluation:

Talented and athletic seven footers do not grow on trees and anytime there is one available, they won't be there for long. An exceptional shot blocker whose offensive skills are improving everytine he steps on the court. He is a player who may slip through the cracks because he plays at a mid-major Division I school. But, whoever gets him, whether it be a CBA, IBA, IBL, or European team, they will be getting a diamond in the rough who will

Billy Celuck 7-0 205 Syracuse

HISTORY

1999-2000: Celuck, the tallest member of the current SU edition at 7-0, saw action in 13 of 32 outings. In the Carrier Classic matchup with St. Josephs, Celuck tallied a personal-best eight points and made four-of-five shots from the field in the victory.

1998-1999: Celuck scored in seven of nine appearances. Celuck finished the season shooting (.588) from the floor He began the season with six points in his initial collegiate contest against Colgate. In the Quinnipiac victory, he set career-high marks for rebounds (four), assists (one), and blocks (two).Clara, he tied a personal best with two blocked shots.

1997-1998: He sat out the season.

High School: A four-year letterwinner at Valley View High School where they were runnerup at the 1996 state championship. Celuck captained the squad as a junior and a senior. He was a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American and a first-team all-state selection andteam MVP in 1997. Celuck averaged 12.5 rebounds an outing...He established the Valley View record for career points, rebounds, and blocked shots.

EVALUATION

Celuck is a very underrated player. He can hit the outside jump shot and forces the defense to play him. He is an above average defender who only will get better as his career continues. Since he is more of a perimeter player than an inside player his game is more suited for Europe, where he should have a solid career.

Nakiea Miller 6-10 240 Iona College

History

1999-2000: Developed into one of the premier post players in the MAAC. His 164 career rejections place him fourth on Iona’s all-time list. Was named the MAAC Player of the Week twice. Averaged career-bests in points (13.8), rebounds (7.7), and blocks (3.3). His 98 blocked shots in 1999-2000 broke the Iona single-season record. Scored in double figures in 23 of the last 26 games.

1998-1999: Started 11 of the 30 games in which he appeared. Led the team with a 74.5% shooting percentage from the foul line. Was second on the team in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and third on the team in rebounding (5.1 rpg). Scored in double figures on seven occasions, including a career-high 18 points at Marist.

1997-1998: Shot an impressive 68.0% (34-of-50) from the floor. Made solid contributions at the MAAC tournament, averaging 6.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over three games. Had his best game of the season in the MAAC Championship game, scoring 11 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and blocking three shots.

High School: Earned All-Southwest Conference and All-State honors for the second straight season after averaging 26.2 points and 15.5 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per outing as a senior while leading Bunnell High School to an 18-6 record. A 1,000+ career point scorer, Miller averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds as a junior as Bunnell posted a 20-4 mark.

Evaluation:

Miller is a solid low post player whose game has improved every year. Which is not a surprise considering he has Jeff Ruland, one of the best teachers of low post play, as his coach. Primarily a shot blocker early in his collegiate career, Miller has worked hard to become a more well-rounded player. He is now one of the MAAC leaders in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. He is an unknown talent to a good portion of the nation, but he is not a surprise to the metropolitan area coaches who know that he is one of the best inside players in the area. He will possibly get invited to some post season Portsmouth and Phoenix, and depending upon his play he may get a look in Chicago. But that is all speculation. Miller is a wonderful player who may get a chance to play in the NBA, but if not the team who signs him will be getting a quality player.

Heberth Reyes 6-11 250 St. Francis College (NY)

EVALUATION:

Reyes has the potential to be an outstanding center professionally. Watching him pass out of the high post is reminiscent of a young Bill Walton. Reyes can also score, defend, and rebound. But it is his ability to pass the basketball which separates him from many of the centers in the New York Metro area. Though he could get a shot in an NBA free-agent camp his game is best suited for Europe, where he would have a good career.

Josh Sankes 7'0 280 College of Holy Cross

Evaluation:

Sankes originally signed to play at Rutgers for Bob Wenzel in 1996. He stayed at Rutgers for his freshman and sophomore years. At that point he saw the writing on the wall and transferred to Holy Cross. A move that turned out to be the best one he could have ever made. Sankes totally transformed his game under Ralph Willard. He was no longer just a bench warmer, he was a big time force in the low post. He is averaging close to 15 points and 9 rebounds a game since he arrived at Worcester. He has developed a solid low post game and has become a good defender. He is a definite NBA prospect, and is currently being looked at by several NBA teams. However, due to the questions about the level of competition he has played against it is quite likely that he may slip through the cracks and end up in the CBA or overseas.

Rob Sawicki 6'10 225 Univeristy of Hartford

History

Sawicki has mid-range skills, can put the ball on the floor and is a good passer passer in the post.

1999-2000: Led the Hawks with 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Vermont. Scored 15 points in the loss to Holy Cross Had 11 points with nine rebounds and four assists against Vermont. Scored 21 points with 11 rebounds in the Phoenix Classic Championship game against Central Connecticut.

1998-1999: In his first year with the Hawks, led the team in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Matched his career-high with 21 points in win against Boston University. Notched his fifth double-double of the year with a career-best 21 points and 12 rebounds against Maine.

1997-1998: Sat out the season as a transfer student.

1996-1997: At University of South Alabama he appeared in a total of eight games and averaged 6.0 minutes and scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in those eight appearances.

High School: At Wayne Hills High School he was amed a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-America and was nominated to the McDonald's All Aericanm game in 1995-96 as a senior. He was invited to attend the adidas ABCD Camp for the top 100 players in the nation. Averaged 25 points, 14-plus rebounds and six blocks over his junior and senior seasons. Holds Wayne Hills school record for rebounds and blocked shots. Led his high school team to the Group IV state sectional championship as a junior

Evaluation

Sawicki is a strong inside player who has the ability to play on the perimeter. He is an active rebounder and will rank among the top rebounders in the league. His offensive skills are improving every time he steps onto the court. He will more than likely average close to a double-double this year. Sawicki has definite pro potential, whether it be in the IBA, CBA, IBL, or overseas, because players with his combination of height and skill are not easy to find.

Lee Scruggs 6'11 215 Georgetown University

HISTORY

A versatile big man with a very good shooting touchand a great feel for the game on offense. Was a Pre-Season All-BIG EAST Second Team selection.

1999-2000: Selected to the BIG EAST All Tournament Team. Started 16 contests and played in every game after enrolling on December 26. Came on strong late in the season, averaging 20 points per contest in the BIG EAST Tournament. Had a career high 27 points vs Connecticut in the BIG EAST Tournament Semi-finals. Had three double-doubles.

Junior College: Averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots per game for the 10th ranked Junior College in the Country. Florida Junior College Player of the Year.

EVALUATION

Scruggs has definite NBA potential. But, he is overshadowed by the other great talent around him at Georgetown, so he may be overlooked, which would be ashame. He has the whole package. He can score from both the high and low post, he can hit the open shooter, he can block shots, and he has the quickness to defend on the perimeter. He is a player who can play anywhere professionally. It will be up to him on where he decides to play.

Peter Van Paassen 6-11 265 St. Bonnaventure University

HISTORY

Will be the Bonnies’ leader and low post threat this season. Has the potential to be one of the most dominant post players in the Atlantic 10. Van Paassen has made significant improvements over each of his first three seasons and possesses strong fundamental skills and a good understanding of basketball’s nuances, but is best known for his unmatched work ethic and commitment. This work ethic could be seen when he attended the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in Hawaii in August 2000. He has made major gains in the weight room over the past two years and now can bench press 425 pounds. A smooth lefthanded shooter who ranks 61st on Bona’s career scoring chart.

1999-2000: Was one of the most improved players in the Atlantic 10. He was a repeat selection to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team . Finished eighth in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding at 7.1 per game. Shot a team-high 53 percent from the field. Had the best statistical game of his career in March 4 win over UMass, totalling career highs of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Named to All-Tournament team at Sparkletts Invitational at Pepperdine University after helping Bona to title with wins over Colorado State and UNC Charlotte Nov. 27-28.

1998-99: Played in all 29 games and started 19 and became the regular starter at power forward by the midpoint of the year. He was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team. Finished third on the team in rebounding at 4.6 per game, averaged 6.9 points per contest, and shot a team-best 49 percent from the field.

1997-98: Was second on the team with a 48.3 field goal percentage and was second on the team in free throw percentage (76.7) in conference play.

HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 19.4 points and 12 rebounds a game for his Dutch club team, the Delft All-Stars, his senior season. As a junior, he posted 23.5 points and 11.4 rebounds a game. L ed the Delft All-Stars to the National Cup in 1996 and ’97 and the National Championship in 1997. Selected to play on the International Select Team in April of 1997 in the Nike Hoops Summit in Orlando, Florida.

Evaluation:

Van Paassen is a solid post player who has the range to shoot the college three point shot. He is a strong force on the low block and does a good job with his low post defense. Van Paassen has definite pro potential, but will probably end up playing in Europe.

Souleymane Wane 6'11 240 University of Connecticut

HISTORY:

1999-2000: Played in 34 of 35 games, while making one start. Averaged 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds on the season. Finished third on the squad with 32 blocked shots. Reached double figures in points and rebounds two times each. Had eight points and seven rebounds in NCAA Second Round vs. Tennessee. Had nine rebounds in the win over Seton Hall in the BIG EAST quarterfinals and ten rebounds in win over Arizona at Great Eight. Had a career-high 14 points in 16 minutes of play vs. Massachusetts.

1998-99: Played in 30 games, starting both regular season games vs. Syracuse. Averaged 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Totaled four points and a steal in only eight minutes of play in the National Championship Game vs. Duke. Gave UConn a big lift off the bench in semifinal and championship games of BIG EAST Tournament, totaling ten points and adding two blocked shots. Totaled 22 blocked shots during season. Scored a season-high nine points vs. Wagner. Had his best rebounding and blocks efforts of the year in the season opener vs. Quinnipiac, registering nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

1997-98: In 28 college contests, totaled 107 rebounds (3.8 avg.) and 31 blocks (1.1/game) while adding 54 points (1.9 avg.). Totaled 12 points and six blocked shots in three BIG EAST Tournament games. Came off the bench in first college game and scored five points while adding team highs of eight rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes of action. Scored seven points with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes of action vs. Notre Dame.

High School: Played his first and only season of organized basketball during 1995-96 at Redemption Christian Academy in Troy, NY and averaged 18 points and 15 rebounds per game during the final 10 games of his one year at the school.

EVALUATION:

Wane has the potential to become a very solid professional player. All he needs is experience, something that was hard to get at UCONN with their great talent. He is a good rebounder and shot blocker. His footwork is improving and with work he will be a very good player. Athletic 6'11 players are not easy to find, and Wane is one of the most coachable and hard working post players around. He can play in the IBL, ABA 2000, or overseas.