SJSU Hoops Offers Big Man

This big man could be exactly what San Jose State head coach George Nessman needs to bring SJSU to the top. However, it could be an uphill battle.

Kansas' Pratt Community College big - and we mean extra large - Australian Illiya Baldwin has recently been offered by San Jose State and also Western Athletic Conference rival Nevada. St. Mary's (Oz basketball central in the United States) is also in the running as is Arizona State and others.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound sophomore is averaging 14.5 points per game in 21 games so far this season, shooting 59% from the floor, 60% from the foul line (95-156) and even 7-20 on three-point attempts. Baldwin is also grabbing 11.5 rebounds a contest (99 offensive and 143 defensive) along with being credited with 35 blocked shots.

According to his coach, Trevor Rolfs, Baldwin "is a big, solid back-to-the-basket low post with a good touch." The Aussie also has the ability to play facing the basket. Rolfs added that his prime player "is very intelligent on the court and off."

He continued, "I don't expect him [Baldwin] to take any trips soon because he realizes what is most important right now is our season." Pratt is currently 17-7 overall, 6-4 in league play.

Pratt is a member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference -- the West Division -- one of the most competitive in the nation and a producer of numerous D-1 transfers every year.

Earlier, Baldwin spent a year at Howard Community College in Texas as a redshirt due to a broken foot.

He is a native of Brisbane with his parents from both Australia and New Guinea.

The next national signing period for basketball begins April 14.

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