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Chris Christoffersen Player Profile

Chris Christoffersen Oregon center Chris Christoffersen tried to impress scouts at the 2002 NBA Pre-Draft Camp.
  • Bulls Draft Central 2002

    Games at the 2002 NBA Pre-Draft Camp are underway and by now prospects have had an opportunity to try and impress NBA general managers and scouts. Oregon's Chris Christoffersen didn't exactly relish his first chance, playing only 12 minutes of action and going scoreless in Wednesday’s opening night at Moody Bible Institute. However, two more days remain for the 7-2, 300-pound center and he hopes to turn things around. The big man visited with Bulls.com after his team won a double overtime thriller, 116-114, to discuss his NBA prospects, reaching the Elite Eight at Oregon and going one-on-one with Yao Ming.

    Bulls.com:
    How did you play today?

    Chris Christoffersen:
    Poorly.

    Bulls.com:
    Do you think you will turn it around in the next couple of days?

    Christoffersen:
    I hope so. That's the plan.

    Bulls.com:
    You've obviously got the size of an NBA center. Do you feel you have some of the other qualities like the size or the shooting touch?

    Christoffersen:
    Yes, even though those aren't things I really showed today. I didn't really show anything today, but [on a better day] I think so. If I keep playing like I have been playing, it's going to be tough for people to see that.

    Bulls.com:
    So what are some of your strengths that you would like these general managers to see?

    Christoffersen:
    To be able to run up and down the floor well and just be strong in the post.

    Bulls.com:
    Looking back on your collegiate career, how special was it to be a part of the Elite Eight run in the NCAA tournament you made at Oregon?

    Christoffersen:
    It was definitely special and huge for us, especially with Freddie [Jones] and me coming out this year. It really launched our post-college careers. Now people know who we are and that's helped us a lot. The whole experience of the last four years was tremendous and awesome.

    Bulls.com:
    With so many players bypassing the full four years of college, what can you say about your growth as a person and as a player while in school?

    Christoffersen:
    I'm mentally tougher and my fundamentals are much more fine-tuned than some of the guys who come right out of high school. Most guys are going to be more physically ready, too. Then again, after playing against [Amare] Stoudemire, he's as big and as tough as they come. But I think the opportunity to play the game more and fine-tuning those fundamentals is very important.

    Bulls.com:
    What teams have you worked out for so far? Who were you matched up against in those sessions?

    Christoffersen:
    I went to Milwaukee, Memphis, Houston and Golden State. I played against Dan Gadzuric in Milwaukee, Jason Jennings in Memphis and in Houston it was Amare and me. I feel like the workouts so far have gone really well. I've done fairly well, much better than today.

    Bulls.com:
    As a participant in Yao Ming's workout here in Chicago in May, you got an up close and personal look at him. What is your take on his game?

    Christoffersen:
    I think he's going to be a good player. After some time with a big man coach and he hits the weights--something I'm not sure he's used to. After that happens, I think he'll be an impact player in another year or so. It's going to take some time but he's going to be a really good player. He's got a lot of untapped potential.

    Bulls.com:
    Based on that potential, is Yao worthy of being pick first overall?

    Christoffersen:
    I think so.

    - Adam Fluck, Bulls.com

    STATISTICS
    SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
    1998-99 22 0 17 40 .425 8 21 .381 23 0 2 8 42 1.9
    1999-00 14 0 15 21 .714 12 26 .462 20 1 0 13 42 3.0
    2000-01 22 0 27 67 .403 18 42 .429 55 2 1 16 72 3.3
    2001-02 35 35 110 201 .547 66 120 .550 189 12 12 38 286 8.2
    TOTALS 93 35 169 329 .514 104 209 .498 287 15 15 75 442 4.8
    Three-point field goals: 0-for-0 (.000).