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Luis Scola

POWER FORWARD | (6-10, 230) | ARGENTINA

Notes: Luis Scola has played the past three seasons for Taugres Saski Basconia Vitoria in the Spanish League, where he was named the 1999-2000 Spanish League Rookie of the Year. He averaged nearly 16 points on 64.2-percent shooting this past season, while also grabbing 4.6 rebounds a game. Grew up with Ferrocarril Oeste Buenos Aires (Argentina) youth teams and made his debut with Ferrocaril Oeste during the 1995-96 season. Scola played there until the 1996-97 championship, before moving to Spain for the 1997-98 season when he was signed by Taugres Saski Basconia Vitoria.

His international experience includes stints with Argentinean Under-22 National Team, where he averaged 18.9 points a game in 2001. Led the 2001 World Under-22 Championship in steals (2.4 spg.). Also played for gold-medal winning team at the 2000 Panamerican Under-22 Championship. Also participated in the 2000 South American Under-22 Championships, where he was named the MVP. Played for bronze-medal winning club at the 2001 World Under-22 Championships.

As a member of the Argentinean Cadets National team, he was on the winning 1995 South American Cadets Championship squad and has been member of the Argentinean Junior National team. Played for 1996 South American Junior Championships.

Positives: A low-post bruiser. He has the strength to bang in the paint and the athleticism to play in the league. Scola has great hands in the post and a pretty refined back to the basket game. A great passer out of the post. Can run the floor.

Negatives: Scouts think Scola may be a lot closer to 6-foot-7. He doesn't have the speed the most NBA post players have, nor does he have a long-range jumper that would allow him to play small forward in the pros.

Summary: Scola himself has said he doesn't feel he's ready for the NBA, which may scare some teams away from using their first-round pick on him. More likely he'll fall somewhere in the second round and a team will wait on him to develop.




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