UCONN Big Man Target Succeeds At NIKE

Connecticut is evaluating 2006 big man Brian Zoubek

There are many high major schools taking time this summer to find out whether 7-foot, 243-pound center Brian Zoubek is good enough to make an impact.

If there were any doubts about Zoubek's standing among the elite players in the class of 2006, those were likely erased at the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis. The big man from Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey proved to be a viable offensive cog for his team.

Zoubek showed decent footwork, a nice touch around the rim, and was a pretty consistent finisher throughout the camp. He was fairly unselfish, passing well out of the post. He's not the greatest athlete or blessed with the quickest feet, but Zoubek ran the floor and played hard all week.

Offensively, he certainly proved that he belonged and that he can get his points.

Many high major programs, including the Connecticut program, have been evaluting Zoubek over the past year. And it's likely many more schools will take a serious look at him in the next couple of weeks during the July evaluation period. Besides Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Michigan, Stanford, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Notre Dame, and Georgetown are some schools that have expressed early interest.

Without question, Zoubek will be a major target out of the Class of 2006. He is also an academic-minded prospect who has scored over 1300 on the SAT. So he's an attractive recruit for any program in the country.

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