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PLAYERS
Paulao Prestes
Round 2, Pick 45
Position: C
Country: Brazil
Conference: International
HT: 6'10"
WT: 265
Biography: Nicknamed 'King Kong' because of his size, Prestes is considered a very raw prospect, albeit one that has intrigued NBA scouts for some time. He played sparingly while under contract for Unicaja Malaga from 2006-09, getting more minutes during a loan stint within that time with third-division club Azarquia. He received more minutes in 2009-10 for CB Murcia in the Spanish league first division, averaging 9.2 points and 7.3 rebounds. Prestes first gained attention in the United States in 2006 when he played well in an under-18 Tournament of the Americas, leading Brazil to the bronze medal and averaging 20.8 points and 14.3 rebounds. That included a dominant performance in the bronze-medal match in which he had 27 points, 26 rebounds and five blocks. NBA scouts love Prestes' size and ability to use his body inside to overpower weaker opponents. Since Prestes hasn't faced top competition in Europe, there are questions about how well he will fare in the NBA. It should be noted, however, that Oklahoma City center Serge Ibaka has developed into a starter and was a low first-round pick after playing in the second division in Spain. Prestes also compares favorably to Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a former second-round draft pick by the Clippers in 2003 who has starred in Europe.

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