Player Profile: Javon Baumann

Yesterday, Hawk Hill Hardwood began our Player Profile series by taking a look at Saint Joseph's freshman forward Isaiah Miles. We continue today with a profile of German import Javon Baumann.

When Javon Baumann committed to Saint Joseph's, it came as a surprise to many. His name had not been on the radar, and due to the fact that he is a native of Germany, there was not an abundance of information available on him.

Javon is a 6'8, 254-pound post presence who is likely to redshirt the 2012-2013 season for the Hawks. His redshirt is the result of the Hawks' front court depth and the opportunity for Javon to get a year of practice and experience under his belt.

Baumann attended Theodor-Henss School in Wetzlar, Germany and played for the Licher Baeren team in the Pro-B League in Germany. There he averaged 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

In early season practices, Baumann has been a pleasant surprise. Since his arrival on Hawk Hill, his game has shown gradual improvement. According to assistant coach Dave Duda, this gradual improvement is thanks to two factors.

"Javon's getting better every day playing against our older front line," Coach Duda began. In addition, Duda added that Javon "enjoys the learning process."

According to Coach Duda, the strength in Javon's game, at the moment, is that he "loves to bang in the post."

With the opportunity to go up against C.J. Aiken, Halil Kanacevic, Ron Roberts, Papa Ndao, and Isaiah Miles every day in practice, Javon is presented with an opportunity to better himself daily. In practice, he has demonstrated good hands, a high motor, and a toughness in the post. While still raw offensively, he has shown off several post moves.

While Javon Baumann is unlikely to see the court this season, he is impressing his coaches early on. Moving forward, Javon looks like a player who could become a key part of the Hawk front court in the coming years.

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