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Old 06-28-2005, 10:52 PM   #52
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In the 2005 draft the Pistons have selected......

Round 1 (26th) --- Jason Maxiell 6-7 250 PF Cincinnati
Maxiell is a mini-Ben Wallace, the strongest and most aggressive big man in the draft. He's undersized, but next to Pistons' front line, he'll be just fine thanks to a 7-foot-3 wingspan and big-time hops. He has what Joe Dumars looks for in a Piston, which is a tough, aggressive, blue-collar approach to the game.

Career Highlights: Finished 11th on Cincinnati?s career scoring list with 1,566 points (13th in Conference USA history) and second on the UC career chart for blocked shots with 252 (4th in C-USA). Played 129 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Bearcats? history, and started the last 77 contests.

Senior (2004-05): Earned All-Conference USA Second Team honors. Led C-USA in blocked shots (2.8 bpg) and ranked 18th in the nation. His 91 blocks is the second-highest UC single-season total. Averaged 17.3 points in UC?s three postseason games and shot .607 from the field. Posted 22 points (8-of-11 shooting), nine rebounds and six blocks in NCAA Tournament opening round win vs. Iowa. Recorded a career-high eight blocks to go with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Houston. Scored a career-high 30 points and tallied seven blocks vs. Longwood. Tied his career with 15 rebounds, and recorded 21 points and five blocks vs. Northern Iowa.

Junior (2003-04): Named to the All-Conference USA Second Team. Earned C-USA All-Tournament honors, averaging 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in three games. Led the Bearcats in scoring (13.1 ppg), rebounds (6.9 rpg) and blocked shots (2.1 bpg). Scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds in win over No. 20 Memphis. Scored in double figures 24 times.

Sophomore (2002-03): Recorded six double-doubles and led Cincinnati in rebounding and blocked shots. Tallied 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in C-USA Tournament vs. Southern Miss. Scored 24 points in victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State, and tallied 20 points and 13 rebounds in victory over No. 5 Oregon.

Freshman (2001-02): Named Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year and earned C-USA All-Freshman Team honors. Averaged 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in the three C-USA Tournament games. Scored 18 points (9-of-9 shooting) in victory over DePaul. Grabbed 15 rebounds to go with 13 points and six blocks in win over Coppin State.

Strengths: Freakish leaping ability and physical strength allow him to play much bigger than his listed height. Runs the floor exceptionally well for a player his size.
I love this pick! I am a Bearcat fan, and J-Max has been great the last few seasons. Plus, he is fun to watch.....
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