Player Profile: Javon Baumann

A year ago, St. Joe’s started two all-league big men in seniors Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts Jr. Now, with Kanacevic and Roberts pursuing professional careers following graduation, there are minutes to be had in the post. One player looking to absorb a good chunk of those minutes is sophomore post Javon Baumann.

6’8, 260-pound center Javon Baumann arrived on Hawk Hill in 2012 from The Theodor-Heus School in Germany. Baumann took a redshirt year during the 2012-2013 season and then played his first year of college ball last year. As a freshman last season, he averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15 games. His season highlight was an 8-point, 5-rebound, 20-minute outing against Duquesne.

This year, Baumann will be called upon in a major way. With Roberts and Kanacevic gone, Baumann is a lock to be St. Joe’s starting center this season. Going head-to-head with Ron and Halil for two years has been an invaluable experience for the German native.

“Javon’s benefitted from playing against Ron and Halil,” St. Joe’s assistant coach Dave Duda told Hawk Hill Hardwood. “Now it’s his time. He has shown strides, but now must show it with the lights on.”

St. Joe’s enters the 2014-2015 season with Javon Baumann, Jai Williams, Obi Romeo, and Isaiah Miles as the four primary frontcourt pieces. Baumann and Miles, your two likely starters, are the only two that have played even a minute of college basketball. Javon and Isaiah will both be looked upon to log significant minutes this season.

In order for Javon to log the minutes he’ll need to this season, it’s critical that he stays out of foul trouble. “He must be able to play solid defense without fouling,” Coach Duda stated.

While Javon still has quite a bit to prove on the court, there is one area that he’s made significant progress during his two years on Hawk Hill. “Javon’s done an excellent job of transforming his body into a high-level A10 body,” his coach explained. Javon 260-pound frame possesses more quickness and athleticism than a first glimpse belies too.

Javon Baumann’s ability to put that strong frame to good use will be critical to St. Joe’s success this season. He will have to give Phil Martelli productive and valuable minutes at the 5 this season. Tomorrow we will look at Javon’s frontcourt-mate, redshirt freshman Jai Williams.

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