Big Man Buys into BYU System

Rafael Araujo continues to draw national acclaim for his outstanding play this season. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU center Rafael Araujo is thriving in his senor season as he matures in his second season at the Division I level. His best basketball, however, is still ahead of him.

Araujo's considerable skills, strong work ethic and coachable attitude have helped the 6-foot-11 Brazilian show significant improvement this season over his solid play of last year when he averaged 12.0 points and 8.9 rebounds. After nine games in 2003-04, he is averaging 21.1 points and 10.8 rebounds.

With consistently dominating performances, such as his 32 points and 17 rebounds against then No. 25 Oklahoma State, Araujo is drawing national attention and inspiring ever-increasing conversations of his vast potential on the court.

Araujo was one of three international big men featured as the top story on ESPN.com Wednesday (Dec. 24, 2003). Click below to go to the articles.

Big man buys into BYU system (ESPN.com)

No question, this Gopher has game (ESPN.com)

Lloreda living large in America (ESPN.com)

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