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 J.P. Batista  
 Position: Power Forward
 School: Gonzaga
 Conference: West Coast
 Height, Weight: 6'9, 269
ANALYSIS: Batista is strong as a bull inside, and that strength helped him average 19.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior last season. A junior college transfer, the Brazil native played two seasons at Gonzaga and had a solid career, shooting 60 percent from the floor and a pleasantly surprising 82 percent from the free-throw line size, outstanding for a power player. He relies on his brute strength and a bevy of hooks and fakes to score along with a soft touch. Foot speed is not something Batista possesses. In college, he was able to impose his will on other players inside and score when he wanted to, but it will be a lot harder to do that in the NBA against players that are just as strong or stronger. His athleticism and agility are so below average that it will be hard for him to guard anyone at the NBA level. Batista is a decent passer out of the post, as former college teammate Adam Morrison can attest to. He does not have much shooting range, although he actually was 10-of-22 from three-point range his college career. Batista collected 15 double-doubles his senior season, but his rebounds come strictly around the basket. His large frame and lack of foot speed seem to prevent him from chasing down loose balls, despite his desire. He is an older prospect, turning 25 in October. Batista is also not a good shot-blocker because his leaping ability is minimal. He should play basketball for many years, but it likely will not be in the NBA.

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