Rafael Araujo was the most physically impressive player at the Pete Newell Big Man Camp and also among the most polished, said The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU senior center Rafael Araujo attended the 2003 Pete Newell Big Man Camp and, according to The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy, was the "most physically impressive player in the camp and also among the most polished."
DeCourcy covered the camp conducted annually by Newell, the former California coach who is considered by many the foremost expert on post play. Araujo was one of more than 50 participants at this year's camp held in Las Vegas.
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Araujo was a NJCAA All-American at Arizona Western prior to joining BYU. In his first year at the Division I level in 2002-03, Araujo earned All-Mountain West Conference Third Team honors and showed glimpses of his vast potential while averaging 12.0 points and 8.9 rebounds for BYU. He ranked second among all MWC players in rebounds while leading BYU.
The 6-foot-11, 265-pound Brazilian runs the floor well and has solid all-around skills. He was second in steals (1.4 spg) at BYU last year, ranking third in thefts among all MWC players in league play. He shot 56 percent from the floor. He helped the Cougars to a 23-9 season, NCAA bid and share of the MWC regular-season title.
Araujo has worked hard this offseason to improve and develop heading into his final season in Provo.
Select the link below to read DeCourcy's article featuring Araujo and other top college big men.
Going inside with the big men (Sporting News)