The education process for 7-foot sophomore Brian Zoubek is moving along smoothly, according to his head coach Paul Wiedeman. The Haddonfield Memorial (NJ) sophomore star is in the midst of the state playoffs and his future is brighter than ever. High majors are getting into the mix early, in hopes of landing Zoubek. Read on for more.
“He’s had a definite impact on our program, no doubt about that,” Wiedeman said. “His progression in all aspects of the game is just amazing. His footwork, his hands, his understanding of what to do in double teams, everything. Brian has greatly improved this season.”
That improvement is seen within the numbers. Zoubek is averaging 18.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, four blocks and is shooting an eye-popping 75% from the floor for Haddonfield (22-2). The squad will play on Wednesday night as they take on Glassboro HS in the state playoffs.
Zoubek is also the No. 12 player on the Rivals50 for the class of 2006 and is the second highest rated center in his class, sitting behind manchild Greg Oden.
Georgetown, Rutgers and Wake Forest have all been to Haddonfield games this season and Wiedeman expects many more after the season. Duke and Georgia Tech stay in contact as much as possible, Wiedeman said.
“We are getting constant mail and phone calls about it,” the coach said. “It’s non-stop.”
As the case with most skilled big men, Zoubek has seen countless double and triple teams this season. For some young players, the hounding defense and physical play inside can sometimes change the mindset of a big man. Not. Zoubek.
“That’s the great thing about him. He’s 15-years-old and he just has great composure and stays under control. He knows that people are going to play him physical and bang him around and try to make it affect his game. But the thing with Brian is that he keeps at it and goes to the next play. I know that is one of the things that these college coaches are really impressed with,” Wiedeman said.
Zoubek is also a star student as well which bodes well for every school across the country.
“He’s very intelligent on and off the court. His ‘book smarts’ carries over to the basketball court and he picks up things quickly and applies it in game situations. That’s an easy sell for colleges as a recruit,” Wiedeman said. “His potential is unlimited.”
After the prep season ends, Zoubek will most likely suit up for New Jersey All-Stars once again on the AAU circuit. Stay tuned to RivalsHoops as we travel the country charting the progress of Zoubek and the rest of the class of 2006.