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Jose Juan Barea

Full Name: Jose Juan Barea
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-0 (1.83 m) / 175 (79.4 kg)
Birthdate: June 26, 1984 (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico)
High School: Miami Christian HS (Miami, Fla.)
College: Northeastern
(Puerto Rico)
NBA Draft 2004
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An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft. Has played international basketball for Puerto Rico for several years, most recently at the U-21 Tournament of the Americas in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he helped Puerto Rico advance to the gold medal game by averaging 24.8 points, 7.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game. At the Under 21 Centrobasket Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he earned MVP honors in helping Puerto Rico win the gold medal, leading all tournament players in scoring (18.0), assists (7.5) and steals (3.5).

Career Highlights: Named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best point guard as a junior. Two-time All-America East First Team selection. Named Third Team All-America East as a freshman. Sits fourth all-time on Northeastern’s career scoring chart (1,680) and third in assists (477).

Junior (2004-05): Unanimously named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Ranked second in the America East and eighth in the country in scoring (22.2 ppg). Led the conference and was fifth in the nation in assists (7.3 apg). Named an Honorable Mention All-America by Recognized as an All-District 1 Second Team selection for the second year in a row by the NABC. Placed third in assists (218), fourth in three-pointers (68) and sixth in points (665) on Northeastern's single-season charts. Tied the school record with a career-high 41 points against Stony Brook. Handed out a career-best 14 assists against Hartford.

Sophomore (2003-04): Led the team and was second in the conference in scoring (20.7 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg). Became the first Husky since Reggie Lewis in 1986-87 to average at least 20 points. Was Huskies’ leading scorer in 10 straight games, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 11, the longest such streak since Lewis led NU in scoring in 12 consecutive contests from Jan. 8, 1987 to Feb. 14, 1987. Recorded double-double with 19 points and 10 assists in a 91-84 win over West Virginia.

Freshman (2002-03): Led the team and was third in America East in scoring (17.0 ppg). Was named to the America East All-Rookie Team, All-Tournament Team and All-Conference Third Team. First Husky freshman to record 400 points and 100 assists in a season. Led NU with a team-high 25 double-figure scoring games. Only player in the conference to be ranked in the top 10 in scoring (third, 17.0 ppg), assists (third, 3.9 apg) and steals (seventh, 1.6 spg).

Strengths: Hard-nosed, gritty point guard who controls tempo and finds ways to score. Can penetrate and dish and is a very good rebounder for his size from the backcourt.

Personal: Enjoys going to the beach and watching television. Majoring in sociology.