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Chris Christoffersen

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Notes: One of the few players in the draft to ever face Yao Ming (he was the "other" big man at Yao's private workout in Chicago), Chris Christoffersen isn't a first-rounder. But, for the first time in his Oregon career, Christofferson spent the summer between his junior and senior seasons concentrating entirely on basketball and attended the Pete Newell Big Mans Camp. And the results were obvious. Started at center for the Ducks in every game on the way to the Elite Eight, blocking 38 shots, which ranked third on the UO single season list, and 10th in the Pac-10 (1.1 per game). His 75 career blocks also ranks third in Oregon history books. Named Oregon's most improved player in 2001 and followed with career numbers in points and rebounds as a senior.

Positives: Christoffersen helped himself by working out with Yao. He showed he could handle defending a bigger player and was able to make mid-range shots over the taller Yao. He also showed he's got some low-post moves. He's still a developing talent, considering he didn't play as much basketball prior to arriving at Oregon.

Negatives: Christoffersen is still not a finished product and that's why he won't go in the first round. The workout with Yao means he's got a chance to go in the second round. He runs the floor well and it helped him to play uptempo at Oregon.

Summary: Christoffersen needs to continue to work out well to solidify his status as a solid second-round choice. He should be paired against other elite big men when he works out so it will be up to him to help his draft status.

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