This week's edition of Around the Hall consists of a link roundup of the newest Seton Hall Pirate and Kevin Willard's second signing, Patrik Auda.
Jerry Carino was first to break the news last night:
ESPN.com classifies Auda as a "high major prospect" who "has the potential to start or significantly contribute as a freshman for most top national Division I programs."
Cameron Belden, a scout with Mullen's Roundball Review who attended all three days of the prep tournament, called Auda "a steal" and was effusive in his praise of the left-handed big man when reached via phone tonight.
Auda, a 6'9 PF from the Czech Republic most recently attended the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands. From the CBA official website:
CBA proudly announces the signing of Patrik Auda (Czech Republic) with the Seton Hall University Pirates.
Seton Hall University of the Big East Conference is a projected NCAA top 25 team next year! Patrik spent 9 months at CBA, never had a bad day, never complained, and always had a smile on his face! I wish you the best, Patrik!
Seton Hall University is a projected NCAA top 25 team, heh? Depending on Pope's status and a weaker BIG EAST conference in 10-11, it's realistic that the Pirates could crack the top-25, however, I've yet to see this in a preseason poll, anywhere. At least it's clear that CBA holds SHU in high regard, hopefully they'll keep the Euro pipeline open to South Orange for many years to come.
Auda, who attended the Canarias Basketball Academy of Spain, was impressive when NBE saw him at the 12th Annual National Prep School Invitational last February and made the All-Tournament team. The 6-foot-8 C/F drew a lot of interest after his three games at the NPSI where he posted double doubles in each, including a 24-point, 11-rebound effort against South Kent, showing the potential of a high-major conference recruit.
Auda supposedly turned down a lucrative offer to play professional basketball in Europe and was the target of at least 50 D-1 schools according to his CBA head coach, Rob Orellana. As reported by Adam Zagoria:
"Patrik was recruited by over 50 D1 schools in the States and up until the last few days was pondering a very lucrative offer from a top European club," Rob Orellana, head coach at the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, wrote in an email. "Patrik loves the thought of playing alongside experienced Big East players who will help him adjust."
"He is extremely physical and even a little mean inside the paint, banging defensively, diligently going to the glass and taking smaller defenders to the low post offensively. While he consistently made plays, his footwork was his most glaring weakness-he was called for numerous traveling violations throughout the weekend. Physically, Auda has good muscle mass, coordination and agility, but he appeared to be only an average athlete."
ESPN has Auda ranked with a scouts grade of 89. I'm not sure how many other, "average athletes" are ranked that high, but there can't be many.
Euro Hopes weighs in on the signing:
Last February the forward averaged 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in the National Prep School Invitational of Rhode Island playing with CBA.
And now, time for the visuals. Make note that Auda is #11 in the dark jersey. The first clip is from the National Prep School Invitational at URI:
Welcome to South Orange Patrik. I know I speak for the Pirate faithful when I say, we're very excited to watch you develop not only as a basketball player, but also as an individual and a student during your time as a Pirate. Best of luck!