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Joel Pryzbilla is a fine young center and should be picked anywhere from #5 to #10 in the first round.  I had the chance to watch Pryz in action and found that his play improved dramatically in the two years he attended Minnesota.  In his first year, Joel was eaten alive by Northwestern's Evan Eschmeyer, but markedly improved over the season.  Last season, Joel was never truly dominated by anyone, and was able to show himself as an emerging force in the middle.

I do feel that Joel will take some time to show himself to be a legit NBA center.  I have seen comparisons to Greg Ostertag and Luc Longley, but I think Pryz will be a much different player than these two.  In the long run, if he works hard, he will be better than them both.  His natural ability to block shots and the ease with which he runs the court (for someone who is 7') are remarkable.  I think he will be picked by a team who can take a slight risk with a pick (Orlando or Chicago).  Three years down the line, he will be a good investment.

Scout: Jeff Blahnik

Joel Pryzbilla
School: Minnesota Class: Sophomore
Height: 7'1" Weight: 242
Position: Center

Stats (Provided by JazzyJ)

                  G  MIN  FG  FGA  3P 3PA  FT FTA  REB  PF AST  TO BLK STL  PTS
98-99 Minnesota  28  713  79  141   0   0  30  52  163  89  41  64  84  16  188
99-00 Minnesota  21  638 122  199   0   0  55 111  176  61  50  77  81  17  299
TOTALS           49 1351 201  340   0   0  85 163  339 150  91 141 165  33  487

                  MIN   FG%   3P%   FT%  RPG  APG  TPG  BPG  SPG   PPG
98-99 Minnesota  25.5  56.0   0.0  57.7  5.8  1.5  2.3  3.0  0.6   6.7
99-00 Minnesota  30.4  61.3   0.0  49.5  8.4  2.4  3.7  3.9  0.8  14.2
TOTALS           27.6  59.1   0.0  52.1  6.9  1.9  2.9  3.4  0.7   9.9

Scouting Reports

Joel is exciting this year's scout with his overall talent. Joel is an exceptional shot blocker in the Mutumbo mode, which automatically at least defensively, makes him a player that should be picked in lottery. What a lot of scouts did not realize about Joel was his agility and quickness that no one got to see during his brief tenure at Minnesota. Joel has displayed an ability to run up court, rebound in traffic and block shots. Tougher than most people think, Joel can automatically step in to a NBA starting line-up and start, due to his fine passing game. Joel needs to work on all of his offensive game in order to become the star most people are predicting him to become.