2005 Focus: Andrew Bynum

Junior big man Andrew Bynum missed a good portion of this season after having to sit out the first 10 games due to transfer rules. However, he's come on lately and he'll get a chance to see where he stacks up against the nation's top centers this summer.

Andrew Bynum had to sit and watch for the first 30 days of this season after he transferred to St. Joseph's (N.J.) from Solebury Prep.

Now the 6-11, 270-pound junior is making up for lost time, nearly averaging a triple-double at the high school that Jay Williams made famous since becoming eligible due to state transfer rules.

``He's been playing real well," said St. Joseph's coach Mark Taylor, who watched Williams play in the McDonald's Game before enjoying a stellar career at Duke. "He's got a soft touch, good moves in the post and he can knock down the 10-footer."

However, Bynum, who is averaging 15 points, 13 boards and 9 blocks in 15 games this season, isn't without his deficiencies. He's still a work in progress.

``We've got him on a program now to increase his lift," added Taylor. "We've got to work on his footwork and his stamina."

The bottom line is that if Bynum, who is still just 16 years old, can get himself into good shape and learn to play hard all the time, the high-majors will be beating down his door.

``As long as he wants it, Andrew will play in the NBA someday because of his size and body," Taylor said. "He'll probably grow to 7-1 and he's not a rail. He's not only got the body to play in the NBA, he's also got the skills."

So far, it's been Rutgers and Villanova that have been showing the most interest. However, it's going to be warm weather and a school that has a strong engineering program that could be pivotal in landing the New Jersey native.

North Carolina has always been his dream school. He also likes Wake Forest and Florida State down south and favors Rutgers and ‘Nova if he elects to remain in the northeast.

``I've always liked North Carolina because Michael Jordan went there," Bynum said. "They just have such a good program and I've heard how nice the campus is."

``North Carolina hasn't called yet, but he really wants to go there," Taylor added.

Bynum will play with the New Jersey All-Stars again this summer.

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