J.P. Batista
Team: Flamengo
PhysicalsPositions SalaryMisc
H: 6' 8"
W: 265 lbs
Bday: 10/31/1981
(34 Years Old)
Current: PF/C
NBA:   PF
Possible:
Agent: George Bass
High School: Colegio Atual Jaboatao dos Guararapes
Hometown: Olinda, Brazil
Best Case: Lonny Baxter
Worst Case: Antonio Meeking

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2006NBA Pre-Draft Camp6' 7.5"6' 8.5"2656' 10"8' 7.5"12.026.030.5
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2006NBA Pre-Draft Camp6' 7.5"6' 8.5"2656' 10"8' 7.5"12.026.030.5

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J.P. Batista NBA Draft Scouting Report
May 24, 2006

Strengths
Most of Batistaís damage comes within 10 feet of the basket. His massive frame and outstanding lower body strength allow him to establish deep position in the paint, while his fantastic hands allow him to catch anything thrown his way and his footwork, smarts and super-soft touch around the hoop do the rest. Once Batista gets the ball in the paint he is almost impossible to stop at this level as he could very well be the strongest player in the entire country. He also has great post skills and a high basketball IQ to go along with that. Fouling him is an option, but unlike most brute big men, Batista shoots 85% from the line.

Weaknesses
When talking about his NBA potential, things get a little murky, as his game does not appear to translate very well. Listed at 6-9 he is definitely undersized for an NBA center even if that figure is legit, which it most likely is not. His extremely wide frame and below average athleticism leave serious questions about his ability to play power forward, especially defensively. Most of his work comes off set plays with his back to the basket, which in the unlikely event that his team somehow does decide to utilize wonít be nearly as easy to translate going up against the monsters of the NBA where everyone is much taller, more athletic and just as strong. The only way Batista really stands a chance at being able to contribute at the NBA level is if he sheds significant bulk from his frame (a la Udonis Haslem) and works on his perimeter skills. Already being 24 years old, itíll be an uphill struggle.

Outlook
Batista decided to pass on the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, amistake that could end up costing him plenty of money considering the International exposure he missed out on. Heíll be hoping for an invite to the Orlando pre-draft camp, where heís likely to show everything he did over the past 4 years all over again. 24 year old undersized centers with limited athleticism and perimeter skills rarely get drafted, but Batista will have a chance to make a team through summer league. If that doesnít work out, heíll make plenty of money playing overseas.

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NCAA Tournament: Stock Watch (round of 32, Saturday games)-- Stock UP
March 19, 2006

One of the most intriguing matchups of the weekend came tonight when JP Batista took on Marko Killingsworth in a showdown of accomplished back to the basket scorers. Batista won this battle in a landslide, scoring at will early and often. He showed off a dazzling array of polished post moves, and Killingsworth was helpless to stop him from converting around the basket. After this game, it is easy to see why many believe that Batista is the most effective back to the basket scorer in the entire country.

With Adam Morrison's recent inconsistency from the field, it has been Batista that has stepped up as Gonzaga's go-to guy. He was sensational in the WCC Tourney, and has continued his hot play on the biggest of stages. As undersized and grounded as Batista is, NBA teams are going to give him a long look this spring. Players with his size and effectiveness around the basket don't come along too often, and he will get a chance to prove that he can score on NBA sized big men when itís all said and done.

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In Case You Missed It...the Top Weekly Performers, 12/26-1/03
January 3, 2006

Coming up with one of the most dominant performances weíve seen from a big man this year on national television, Batista makes his long-overdue debut on this column.

The prototype for the perfect college big man that sticks around for four years, and being the one who does all the dirty work for his team, he doesnít often get the recognition that his teammate Adam Morrison does, but he often plays just as big a role in Gonzagaís success.

Most of Batistaís damage comes within 10 feet of the basket. His massive frame and outstanding lower body strength allow him to establish deep position in the paint, while his fantastic hands allow him to catch anything thrown his way and his footwork, smarts and super-soft touch around the hoop do the rest. Once Batista gets the ball in the paint he is almost impossible to stop at this level as he could very well be the strongest player in the entire country. He also has great post skills and a high basketball IQ to go along with that. Fouling him is an option, but unlike most brute big men at this level, Batista shoots 85% from the line.

When talking about his NBA potential, things get a little murky, as his game does not appear to translate very well. Listed at 6-9 he is definitely undersized for an NBA center even if that figure is legit. His extremely wide frame and below average athleticism leave serious questions about his ability to play power forward, especially defensively. Most of his work comes off set plays with his back to the basket, which in the unlikely event that his team somehow does decide to utilize wonít be nearly as easy to translate going up against the monsters of the NBA where everyone is much taller, more athletic and just as strong. The only way Batista really stands a chance at being able to contribute at the NBA level is if he sheds significant bulk from his frame (a la Udonis Haslem) and works on his perimeter skills.

Batista will get his shot to show what he can do at Portsmouth and/or Chicago and in private NBA workouts, but if things donít work out for him he is guaranteed to make plenty of money over the next few years regardless as his game appears to be perfectly suited to what elite teams in Europe are looking for.

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RankCategoryTotal
19PER19.9
20EFF/4021.5
23Pts/g13.6
25Pts/40p20.4
8Pts/40p21.8
10Pts/4021.9
19Pts395
24Reb/g5.2
20ORB/g1.8
24ORB/40p2.8