Radford's Belarusian big man drawing attention of Raptors
Old 01-13-2010, 08:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Toronto Raptors had a scout at Radford's practice on Monday, in fact, as the 6-foot-11, 260-pound senior continues to play his way onto the radar of a draft lacking center prospects. Parakhouski leads the nation in rebounding at 12.9 per game, is second in field goal percentage at 63.2 percent and third in scoring with 24.1 points per game. He had double-doubles at Duke (23 points, 14 rebounds) and Kansas (21, 13) and has scored in double-figures in every game. NBADraft.net projects the senior to go early in the second round, while DraftExpress.com has Parakhouski as the last pick of the first round -- a spot that would make history in his home country.

"That is my goal," Parakhouski said of the NBA (heavily emphasizing the "N" in his Russian accent). "I'm trying to prove that people in my country can be in the NBA if they want to be."

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Old 01-13-2010, 08:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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atta boy parakhouski! but ill pass
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah another big man...Just what we want.
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Radford center Artsiom Parakhouski has one goal: to become the first Belarusian to play in the NBA.

It's a lofty goal, no doubt. But when one reviews the road Parakhouski has traveled so far, there is little reason to believe he can't make it. You may not have heard of him yet, but the NBA sure has.

The Toronto Raptors had a scout at Radford's practice on Monday, in fact, as the 6-foot-11, 260-pound senior continues to play his way onto the radar of a draft lacking center prospects. Parakhouski leads the nation in rebounding at 12.9 per game, is second in field goal percentage at 63.2 percent and third in scoring with 24.1 points per game. He had double-doubles at Duke (23 points, 14 rebounds) and Kansas (21, 13) and has scored in double-figures in every game. NBADraft.net projects the senior to go early in the second round, while DraftExpress.com has Parakhouski as the last pick of the first round -- a spot that would make history in his home country.

"That is my goal," Parakhouski said of the NBA (heavily emphasizing the "N" in his Russian accent). "I'm trying to prove that people in my country can be in the NBA if they want to be."

Wanting to reach the NBA and actually having the talent to do so are two different things, of course. His parents were national-level athletes and coach Belarusian national teams (mother Tatsyana is a swim coach and father Nyckolay track and field) and his sister, Yana, is hoping to swim in the 2012 Olympics. Big Art, as he's known at Radford, played soccer until he was 16, but he literally outgrew the game.

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Old 01-13-2010, 12:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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does he block shots? well if not the raps will pass, we have enough european's thank you

Won't rebound any better then amir and evans, wont have offensive skills like CB and AB

shotblocker or fuck off
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shotblocker does not equal good defender.

if he has the skills to be a good defender and good rebounder then I'm all for it.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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shotblocker does not equal good defender.

if he has the skills to be a good defender and good rebounder then I'm all for it.
no it doesn't but this is one thing the raps really lack. A shotblocker, a pressence, an intimidator to alter shots

closest thing the team has to it is amir and he's SF sized


I say ship Mauriceo to Congo so he can find us the next Dikembe

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Impressive considering he's put up his averages versus quality opponents in Kansas and Duke.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Considering we make the playoffs this year we won't have a pick this year. Hopefully we can acquire one cuz I love it when we get a rookie
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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if the raps are scouting bigs whats that say about CB4

hay you know someone was going to say it

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Old 01-13-2010, 06:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
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no it doesn't but this is one thing the raps really lack. A shotblocker, a pressence, an intimidator to alter shots

closest thing the team has to it is amir and he's SF sized


I say ship Mauriceo to Congo so he can find us the next Dikembe
why would we ship our guy who knows Europe inside out to Africa when we have a guy who knows Africa inside out.
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I like how they go in the article

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