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Full Name: Leandro Mateus Barbosa
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-3 (1.90 m)/ 176 (80 kg)
Birthdate: November 28, 1982 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Previous Team: Palmeiras (Brazil)
Team: Bauru Tilibra (Brazil)

Selected in the first round (28th overall) by the San Antonio Spurs, and was later traded to the Phoenix Suns for a future first-round pick

  •Ůol: Perfil Leandrinho Barbosa

  • Bauru Tilibra (Brazil)
    Three-point field goals: 2001-02, 64-for-150 (.427); 2002-03, 68-for-152 (.447). Totals: 132-for-302 (.437).

    An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Has quickly developed into one of the dominant players in Brazilís top league as a 20-year-old.

    Career Highlights: Was the second-youngest player (19 years old) to earn a roster spot on the Brazilian National Team that competed at the 2002 World Championship in Indianapolis. Named Brazilian League Rookie of the Year for 2002 in his first full season at Brazilís top level.

    (2002-03): Despite his youth, one of Brazilís top players this season. In about 37 minutes per game, averaged 28.2 points, second in the league to the legendary Oscar Schmidt who is still playing for Flamengo at 45 years of age. He was also among leaders in the league in assists (7.0 apg) and was averaging 4.0 rebounds.

    (2002 World Championship): Was the 12th man on Brazilís National Team as a 19-year-old. Saw action in four of nine games. Totaled nine points, five assists and five rebounds in 21 total minutes of play.

    (2001-02): Made a big impact in his first full season playing for Bauru Tilibra in Brazilís top league. Averaged 15.8 points, 6.4 assists and 1.7 steals. Finished fourth in the league in three-point field goal percentage, sixth in the league in assists and 11th in two-point field goal percentage.

    (2000-01): Averaged 14.2 points for Palmeiras in Brazilís second division before switching to Bauru Tilibra in January of 2001.

    (1999-00): Began his professional career playing for Palmeiras in the second division.

    Strengths: An excellent three-point shooter who also is adept at penetrating to the basket. Known as a great competitor.

    Personal: Was previously a member of Brazilís Junior National Team and played in the South America Junior Championships in 2000.