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Prospect Profile:
Juan Mendez

Full Name: Juan Mendez
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8 (2.03 m) / 245 (111.1 kg)
Birthdate: September 23, 1981 (Montreal, Quebec)
High School: Florida Air Academy (Orlando, Fla.)
College: Niagara
(Canada)
NBA Draft 2004
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Career Highlights: Only player in school history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Finished on the career charts in several categories at Niagara, including second in points (2,210), seventh in scoring (17.9 ppg), third in rebounds (1,053), tied for first in free throws made (654) and attempted (843), and fourth in blocked shots (170). Recorded 48 career double-doubles. Career Division I Canadian scoring leader.

Senior (2004-05): MAAC Player of the Year, MAAC Tournament MVP and All-MAAC First Team selection. Scored in double figures in all 30 games. Recorded 20 games with 20-plus points and seven contests with 30-plus points. Registered 21 double-doubles and scored in double figures in all 30 games. Scored a career-high 39 points in OT win vs. Canisius. Shot 50 percent or better from the field in 14 games and 60 percent in seven. Sank 10 or more free throws in nine outings, including 19-of-23 in double overtime game at Buffalo. Blocked three or more shots in 12 games. Played five 40-plus minute games.

Junior (2003-04): Earned All-MAAC First team and MAAC All-Tournament Team honors. Ranked 21st in the NCAA in scoring (20.5 ppg), 42nd in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and 48th in blocked shots (1.8 bpg). Scored in double figures in 30 games. Recorded 20-plus points in 18 games and 30-plus points in two contests. Registered 12 double-doubles on the season. Shot 50 percent or better in 21 games and 60 percent in eight.

Sophomore (2002-03): Named to the All-MAAC First Team and MAAC All-Tournament Team. Started all 29 games and registered 10 double-doubles. Averaged 26 points and 13.5 rebounds, and shot .645 from the field in two MAAC Tournament games. Scored in double figures in 25 games. Scored 20 or more points on 12 occasions and 30-plus points in two games. Shot 50 percent or better in 22 games and 60 percent in 17 contests.

Freshman (2001-02): MAAC All-Rookie Team and MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. Played in all 32 games and started six. Led team in field goal percentage (.570). Averaged 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in three MAAC Tournament games. Scored in double figures in 16 games.

Strengths: At his best when limiting his three-point attempts and using size and quickness to get to the basket and finish. Good on second and third jump for rebounds.

Personal: Member of the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team that played in the 2004 Four Nations Tournament in China (team finished second) and the 2003 Pan American Games.

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