For what has been one of the Bears' most notable advantages this year became a substantial downfall in a season-ending 78-71 defeat against top-seeded Duke University Sunday evening in the NCAA tournament South Regional finals at Reliant Stadium in Houston.[details]
2010 (Senior):HEADER BRIAN HENRY ZOUBEK Center Duke University Blue Devils #55 7:00.3-262 Haddonfield, New Jersey Haddonfield Memorial High School
OVERVIEW Despite starting just 37 of 133 career games during his four seasons at Duke, Zoubek developed into one of college basketball's elite offensive rebounders.
He had 143 offensive boards in 2009-10 to set the school single-season record. His strong inside scoring ability helped him to finish fourth in Blue Devils' history in field-goal percentage (59.4). He shot 63.8 percent from the field as a senior, which ranks fourth on Duke's single-season chart.
Zoubek combines size and strength with a high-running motor. He is a classic blue-collar type and excels as a rebounder. He sets solid screens and has good basketball IQ but won't fill up the stat sheet. He performed well in the classroom, where he was named to the ACC All-Academic team three times.
At Haddonfield High School, Zoubek lettered four times in basketball, leading the team to three consecutive state championships and a 110-10 record during his time on the varsity. A fourth-team Parade and first-team Jordan All-American pick, he was twice named to the Newark Star-Ledger first-team All-State squad, in addition to earning All-Conference and All-South Jersey accolades three times.
As a senior, Zoubek led the team to a 31-2 record and the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions, as he averaged 24.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game to earn New Jersey State Player of the Year honors in 2006. He poured in 21 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocked shots in the state championship game and scored 27 points with 18 rebounds and six blocks in a 71-37 win over Rahway (N.J.) High School in the NJSIAA Group II state semifinals.
As a junior, Zoubek averaged 21.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game while playing through a foot injury as a junior. He led the Bulldogs to 28-1 and a repeat as South Jersey Group II champions in 2005, scoring a game-high 22 points in the 2005 title game. Named the MVP of the 2003 Eddie Griffin Challenge Game, he was rated the 33rd-best overall prospect in the country by The Recruiting Services Consensus Index and 24th by Rivals.com.
Prior to reporting to Duke, Zoubek helped the East Team to a bronze medal in the 2004 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival. He averaged 1.8 points and 3.6 rebounds while playing with former Duke teammates Greg Paulus and Gerald Henderson. As a freshman, he started twice for Duke, averaging just 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
The following season, Zoubek was plagued by left foot problems that forced him to miss nine games. He totaled 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, shooting 59.4 percent from the field. Hoping to improve his stamina and agility, he shed over 20 pounds from his frame prior to the 2008-09 season.
That year, Zoubek saw increased playing time, starting 17-of-36 contests. He posted averages of 4.1 points to go with 133 rebounds, totaling at least five boards in 14 of his appearances. He also finished second on the team with 29 blocked shots and made 57.5 percent of his field goal chances.
Still playing in Duke's rotation, Zoubek started 16 times in 40 games as a senior. He managed to average a career-best 5.6 points per game, as his success rate from the field (63.8) rank fourth on the Blue Devils' annual record chart. He registered four double-double performances and had at least ten rebounds in fourteen games, finishing with a career-high 309 boards (7.7 rebounds per game) to help Duke capture the national championship.
GAME ANALYSIS Posted a career-high 17 rebounds to go with a season-high 16 points and two blocks in just 22 minutes vs. Maryland (2/13), as he became the 34th player in school history with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in a game and the first player to do it in under 25 minutes since Chris Burgess, who had 16 rebounds in 19 minutes vs. Fresno State in 1998...Added 14 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field to go with 13 rebounds vs. California (3/21) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...Grabbed 14 rebounds, including 11 in the first half vs. No. 10 Purdue (3/26) in the NCAA Sweet 16...Pulled down 16 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end vs. Virginia Tech (2/21)...Recorded his first double-double of the season and third of his career vs. Long Beach State (12/29) with 10 points and 12 rebounds to go with three blocked shots...Tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal vs. Tulsa (2/25)...Hauled in 13 rebounds to go with four points and two steals at Maryland (3/3)...Also had 13 rebounds to go with eight points and two blocked shots vs. North Carolina (3/6)...Posted a career-high five steals to go with 10 points and five rebounds at Miami (2/17)...Grabbed 11 rebounds, including seven offensive boards vs. Connecticut (11/27) in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off...Tallied 11 rebounds and six points vs. Boston College (1/13)...Just missed a double-double vs. Charlotte with nine points and 13 rebounds...Posted 13 points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes vs. Gardner-Webb (12/15)...Scored in double figures in the season opener vs. UNC Greensboro with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team, in addition to receiving Academic All-District III first-team honors...Started 16-of-37 games at center, improving his mobility after shedding 20 pounds prior to the season opener...Scored 146 points (4.1 points per game), shooting 57.5 percent from the field (61-of-106) and 82.8 percent from the foul line (24-of-29)... Totaled 133 rebounds (3.7 rebounds per game) and ranked second on the team with 29 blocked shots... Handed out 15 assists to go with 15 steals...Had at least five rebounds in 14 contests...Disqualified once, as he was charged with 71 personal fouls and had 25 turnovers.
2008-09 SEASON Pulled down six rebounds and blocked one shot in the championship game of the ACC Tournament vs. Florida State (3/15)...Grabbed five rebounds vs. No. 24 Florida State (3/3) and became the 29th player in school history with 50 career blocked shots with one block vs. North Carolina (2/11)...Matched career highs with three assists and four blocked shots to go with nine points and nine rebounds vs. Maryland (1/24)...Registered seven points and nine rebounds vs. Davidson (1/7)...Tallied six points, four rebounds, one block and a career-high three steals vs. Virginia Tech (1/4)...Recorded his second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. Loyola (12/31)...Blocked a career-high four shots to go with nine points and five rebounds vs. Xavier (12/20)...Recorded 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 2-of-3 from the foul line to go with six rebounds vs. UNC Asheville (12/17)...Made 4-of-6 from the floor for eight points to go with five rebounds at Michigan (12/6)...Pulled down eight rebounds to go with four points at Purdue (12/2)...Had six points and five rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals vs. Duquesne (11/28)...Tallied eight points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Montana (11/23)...Went 2-of-2 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line for 10 points vs. Southern Illinois (11/20
GAME ANALYSIS 2007-08 SEASON Academic All-ACC first-team choice...Missed nine games from January 9th through February 9th with a fifth metatarsal fracture in his left foot...Played in 25 contests, starting twice, averaging 3.8 points (95) and 3.4 rebounds (86) in an average of 10.5 minutes per game...Shot .594 from the floor (41-of-69) and .448 from the charity stripe (13-of-29)...Had five or more rebounds eight times...Placed third on the team with 17 blocked shots.
2007-08 SEASON Tallied eight points on 4-of-5 from the field to go with six rebounds and two assists vs. Clemson (3/15)...Recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds vs. St. John's (2/23), as he shot 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line vs. the Red Storm...Scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his first start of the season vs. Albany (12/17)...Totaled seven points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes vs. Michigan (12/8)...Added nine points, six rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Princeton (11/19) in the first round of the Maui Invitational...Posted nine rebounds and a career-high three assists in the season opener vs. North Carolina Central (11/9).
2009-10 SEASON Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection...Started 16-of-40 games at center, scoring a career-best 223 points (5.6 points per game) on 90-of-141 field goals (.638 percentage is fourth on the school season-record list) and 43-of-78 free throws (55.1 percent)...Collected 309 rebounds (7.7 rebounds per game), setting the school annual record with 143 offensive boards...Had at least 10 rebounds in 13 contests and produced four double-double performances... Had 31 blocked shots, 39 assists and 27 steals, but he also paced the team by fouling out of eight contests, drawing 134 personal fouls to go with 47 turnovers.
2006-07 SEASON Saw action in 32 games, starting twice as a freshman...Totaled 98 points (3.1 points per game) with 71 rebounds (2.2 rebounds per game), as he blocked nine shots, made 52.4 percent of his field goal attempts and posted six assists with four steals.
CAREER NOTES Zoubek's 59.4 field-goal percentage rank fourth in school history behind Carlos Boozer (.631, 2000-02), Elton Brand (.612, 1998-99) and Alaa Abdelnaby (.599, 1987-90)...His field goal percentage of .638 in 2009-10 rank fourth on the Duke season-record chart, topped by hristian Laettner (.723 in 1988-89), Carlos Boozer (.665 in 2001-02) and Cherokee Parks (.652 in 1992-93)...Ranks 33rd in school history with 599 rebounds...His 143 offensive rebounds in 2009-10 set the Duke season-record.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Haddonfield (N.J.) Memorial High School, lettering four times in basketball, as he led the team to three consecutive state championships...The squad posted a 110-10 record during his time on the varsity...A fourth-team Parade and first-team Jordan All-American pick, he was twice named to the Newark Star-Ledger first-team All-State squad, in addition to earning All-Conference and All-South Jersey accolades three times...As a senior, Zoubek led the team to a 31-2 record and the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions, as he averaged 24.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game to earn New Jersey State Player of the Year honors in 2006...Poured in 21 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocked shots in the state championship game and scored 27 points with 18 rebounds and six blocks in a 71-37 win over Rahway (N.J.) High School in the NJSIAA Group II state semifinals...As a junior, Zoubek averaged 21.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game while playing through a foot injury as a junior...Led the Bulldogs to 28-1 and a repeat as South Jersey Group II champions in 2005, scoring a game-high 22 points in the 2005 title game...Named the MVP of the 2003 Eddie Griffin Challenge Game, he was rated the 33rd-best overall prospect in the country by The Recruiting Services Consensus Index and 24th by Rivals.com.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE Zoubek helped the East Team to a bronze medal in the 2004 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival...Averaged 1.8 points and 3.6 rebounds while playing with former Duke teammates Greg Paulus and Gerald Henderson.
PERSONAL History major, earning Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors three times and was an Academic All-District III choice as a junior...Son of Liza Cartmell and Paul Zoubek...Mother is Group President at ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment...Active in Duke's award-winning Verizon Read with the Blue Devils, a community outreach reading program in the Durham school district...Also makes frequent visits to the Duke Children's Hospital...Participates in Role Model Speaker Series at the Emily K Center...Born Brian Henry Zoubek on 4/06/88 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...Resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Has a long wingspan (7-foot-2) and much better mobility since shedding more than 20 pounds as a junior...Uses his length, elevation and long arms to control the boards...Physical rebounder with the frame and athleticism to maintain position under the basket...Lacks a polished offensive game, but does have decent post moves...His length causes smaller opponents to struggle to get shots up and over him in the post...When given an opportunity to score, he will generally do so under the basket, but has worked on developing an adequate jumper from the baseline...Physical defender who does a decent job on the right hand box and does an efficient job pushing his man around to keep the paint clear...Has the strong lower-body base needed to combat for position in the post...Decent free throw shooter with a quick release...Not really light on his feet, but for a player his size, he plays the half-court game well, showing enough quickness in transition to be serviceable for a run-and-gun team...With his reach, he can block a lot of shots without leaving his feet and risking fouls, but has to improve his timing...Is working on developing an effective turnaround jump hook.
Negatives: Lacks athleticism and despite his intelligence, he is prone to costly mistakes, averaging at least one foul every five minutes during his career (fouled out of eight games during a 40-game schedule last season)...For a big man with no range and a strong reliance on an inside scoring game, he rarely draws contact...Has had weight and foot problems in the past that will affect his draft stock...Even with his improved mobility, he is still not quick or agile enough to score on pick-and-rolls, as he struggles to shoot on the move...Solid offensive rebounder, but quickly loses the ball when he puts it on the floor to execute a post move...Not an efficient passer and has to play with better control...Has a loose, high dribble...Looks robotic moving his feet when trying to move around in the post...Lacks a go-to move and struggles to execute a clean shot when he has to use his right hand (has problems turning his right shoulder)...Not the type you want defending shooters on the perimeter, as opponents easily get by him, due to marginal lateral mobility...Needs to gear down before he can change direction...All but left behind when he has to shadow an opponent on a pick-and-pop play.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: KENT BENSON, ex-Milwaukee -- Much like the Bucks' 1977 draft bust, Zoubek looks the part of an NBA center, but is mostly a big body who can do many little things well but isn't great in any area. He is a strong rebounder and shot blocker, but his offensive game has yet to appear and with constant foul problems, you wonder what he might be able to bring to the table outside of a big frame. Because of his size, he might be an end-of-the-bench consideration for evaluators but lacks the overall skills and athleticism to be much more.