Biography: A potential dark horse in this draft, Parakhouski finished his collegiate career at Radford by leading the nation in rebounding by averaging 13.4 as a senior and being named Big South Player of the Year for a second time. He also shot 58.1 percent from the floor and led the conference with 21.4 points per game last season. His scoring production increased over five points from his junior season, showing he may have the potential teams look for in a young center. Parakhouski was impressive in Radford's only two games against ranked opponents in 2009-10. He had 21 points and 13 boards in a loss at top-ranked Kansas on Dec. 9 after accumulating 23 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to then-No. 9 Duke on Nov. 21. Those performances helped cement his status as one of the top centers in this draft. However, his limited action against highly regarded opponents may hurt. His quickness and speed is also an issue for scouts, but his size and athletic ability are considered positives. Parakhouski was able to overpower some opponents in college and he may need to add some bulk to carry that success into the NBA. Still, his shooting range, soft hands and shot-blocking ability should be attractive enough for a team to use a late pick on him. He spent his first two years of eligibility at the College of Southern Idaho, a community college where he learned to speak English after moving to the United States from Belarus.
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