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JohnnyBravo5 06-20-2006 11:00 AM

Juan Jose Barea
 
I am starting a campaign to get Barea drafted in the first round. Although I would love for him to fall to my Hawks in the second round, I think that he is a first round talent and that if he wasn't a Latino he'd be mentioned with the Rondos, Foyes and Marcus Williamses of the world.

For those who aren't familiar with him he is the Point Guard from Northeastern University and is the Player of the year in the Colonial Athletic Association, the conference that brought you George Mason and 3 other postseason teams.

He scored 21 ppg in 2005-2006 and was second in the nation in assists at about 8.5 per game.

At the Portsmouth invitational he set the record for assists in a game with 18 and avg 13.5 assists per game....yet you hear nothing about him.

As a member of the Puerto Rican national team he dominated against the Rondos, and Marcus Williams.

He has his own website at http://www.gobarea.com

Why am I going to bat for Barea? Because I love the underdog, and as an alum of Georgia State University, I saw him basically dismantle us in a game this year. He is a good talent and should be in the discussion of good point guards coming out of college this year.

fatboy11 06-20-2006 12:44 PM

Definitely one of the more underrated players in this draft.

JohnnyBravo5 06-20-2006 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by fatboy11
Definitely one of the more underrated players in this draft.



It is sad actually. If you don't go to one of the power conferences you get no run and if you are Latin and don't come from a power conference you really get no run. Another case in point. J.P. Batista

artificial 06-20-2006 01:22 PM

definitely a sleeper. can shoot, can pass. only problem is his size. maybe his most remarkable atribute is his positive attitude and willingness to win.

could make a name for himself if he lands in a good situation.

DrAwesome06 06-20-2006 01:48 PM

Could be one of the drafts biggest sleepers, I feel like he definitely has as much potential as Kyle Lowry the only difference being that Barrea has more international experiece versus Lowry playing in a more competative conference and having NCAA Tourney experience. Having said this UConn's Williams is who ATL should draft in the first round hands down, great distributer and can play at multiple game speeds

JohnnyBravo5 06-20-2006 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by DrAwesome06
Could be one of the drafts biggest sleepers, I feel like he definitely has as much potential as Kyle Lowry the only difference being that Barrea has more international experiece versus Lowry playing in a more competative conference and having NCAA Tourney experience. Having said this UConn's Williams is who ATL should draft in the first round hands down, great distributer and can play at multiple game speeds (he can also steal your laptop!)



Well the way I look at it..I'd be happier drafting a Shelden Williams or Aldridge/Barea combination rather than say a Marcus Williams/Pittsnoogle combination.

Qwyjibo 06-20-2006 02:02 PM

The Raptors might give him a look in the 2nd round but they could really use more depth at the 2-guard as well.

JohnnyBravo5 06-20-2006 02:04 PM

Portsmouth
 
Here is an article about Barea at portsmouth invitational

http://www.gonu.com/mbasketball/news/bareaPIT.htm


Barea shines at Portsmouth Invitational
April 8, 2006
Portsmouth, Va.


Jose Juan Barea hopes to become Northeastern's first NBA draft pick since 1987.
Senior Jose Juan Barea made a statement this week to NBA scouts in attendance at the 54th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va. The four-day tournament gives 64 college seniors one more opportunity to showcase their talents before the Chicago Draft Camp.

Barea turned in absolutely stellar numbers over three games. He averaged 15.0 points per game, 13.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds, while committing just five turnovers the entire weekend. He set the PIT tournament records for assists in a game (18) and in the tournament (41) and was honored with the Allen Iverson Award for inspiration and effort.

"It was a lot of fun and it was a great tournament," said Barea. "It was good to finally get to meet all those great players, too." Barea hopes to become the Huskies' 15th-ever NBA draft pick, and first since Reggie Lewis, Andre Lafleur and Gerry Corcoran were selected in 1987.

The PIT is the only postseason event prior to the NBA Pre-Draft Camp. The NBA draft will be held at Madison Square Garden on June 28.


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