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J.P. Batista
Full Name: Joćo Paulo Batista
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-9 / 269
Birthdate: October 29, 1981 (Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil)
High School:
College: Gonzaga
Country: Brazil
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Western Nebraska CC
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2002-03 36 33 213 347 .614 77 129 .597 0 0 .000 223 30 27 23 503 14.0
Barton County (Kan.) CC
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2003-04 34 34 266 428 .621 145 188 .771 10 22 .455 312 46 24 21 687 20.2
Gonzaga
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2004-05 29 17 138 228 .605 77 96 .802 7 14 .500 180 26 21 6 360 12.4
2005-06 33 33 234 397 .589 165 198 .833 3 8 .375 310 46 30 28 636 19.3
Totals 62 50 372 625 .595 242 294 .823 10 22 .455 490 72 51 34 996 16.1

Career Highlights: Earned First Team All-West Coast Conference honors as a senior. Ranks third all-time in Gonzaga history in career field goal percentage (.595) and eighth in free throw percentage (.823). Finished college career at Gonzaga after playing one year each at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff and Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas.

Senior (2005-06): Ranked second in the WCC in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (9.4 rpg), and field goal percentage (.589), while ranking fourth in free throw percentage (.833) and seventh in blocks (0.85 bpg). Registered 15 double-doubles. Recorded season highs of 32 points (on 12-for-13 shooting) and 15 rebounds vs. St. Joseph’s. Registered a 22-point, 13-rebound double-double vs. Michigan State. Tallied 20 points and nine rebounds vs. Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen.

Junior (2004-05): Averaged 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds while leading the WCC in field goal percentage (.605). Missed first two regular season games due to NCAA suspension. Posted season-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Portland. Scored 19 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds vs. Santa Clara. Came off the bench to score 18 points in a win over Oklahoma State. Registered 24 points and 10 rebounds vs. San Diego in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament. Named Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Sophomore (2003-04): At Barton County, averaged 20.2 points and 9.2 rebounds. Registered 15 double-doubles. Had three 30-point games, including 32-point efforts at Northeastern and vs. Allen County. Helped team to a 25-9 overall record and a NJCAA Tournament title game appearance. Earned Second Team NJCAA All-American honors.

Freshman (2002-03): At Western Nebraska, averaged 14.0 points and 6.2 rebounds. Scored 20 or more points seven times, with a season-high 31 points vs. Air Force Prep. Registered five double-doubles.

Strengths: Bruising frontcourt player who uses large frame to create space for scoring opportunities and rebounds.

Personal: Has two brothers.