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David Andersen


Notes: David Andersen grew up playing for at the Australian Institute of Sports, and played the 1998-99 season with Wollongong Hawks in the Australian NBL League before moving to the Italian League in 1999 and signing with Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna.

Helped Bologna reach the 2002 European Final Four and title game, which it lost to Panathinaikos. Scored 15 points against Benetton in semifinals, but just three against Panathinaikos. In 15 regular season games, Andersen averaged just over eight points and five rebounds for Bologna -- including a season-high 25 points against Olimpija. Andersen was a member of Kinder Bologna's 2001 Italian national championship team.

Anderson was named the 1998 Australian Junior male basketball player of the year and remains a member of the Australian National Team. Andersen represented the State of Victoria in Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20 age groups, playing at the 1998 World Junior Championship. Andersen was also a member of the Australian Under-22 National Team, which played at the 2001 World Under-22 Championships.

Positives: Andersen great athleticism for a big man and a solid low-post repertoire. He has a soft touch from 15 feet on in, has the ability to put the ball on the floor and shows surprising strength on the block down low.

Negatives: Andersen will need to put on weight to be able to play effectively in the NBA post. His upper body seems to be defined, but he doesn't have the lower body to hold his position in the post. After an incredible year last season, he's leveled off a bit.

Summary: Earlier in the year, Andersen was projected as sure fire first-rounder. After a so-so European Final Four, his stock may have slipped into the second round. Teams are concerned about his lack of progress this year and wonder if he's already reached his potential.

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