BYU’s Araujo at the NBA draft

June 25, 2004 | 6 comments
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Rafael Araujo, BYU’s center, went a surprisingly high #8 in the draft. Good for him. He also got BYU some surprisingly good publicity.

That has not always been the case. Araujo is a bit of a bruiser, which is why we fans love him but also why a few unfortunate photos of him decking opponents have popped up in newspapers around the Mountain West. Even worse, he has tattoos.

But yesterday he had his name called #8, by the Toronto Raptors, and he went on the ESPN cameras grinning. They asked him about going from showing up in the country with a t-shirt, jeans, and $20, to being in the NBA. ‘Hard work pays off,’ he said, and credited his wife. Next ESPN went into the audience to his wife, Cheyenne, and baby and parents. She was great too, modestly waiving off her getting up before 6 am to rebound for his practices. No other married couples were drafted that I could see. Perfect.

Interesting side note: Rafael Araujo is not LDS, though his wife is. She wanted him to go to a better basketball school than the Y but he preferred its family atmosphere.

Funniest Araujo draft comment: see here

Defensive caveat: I am not one of these anti-anti-beard and anti-anti-tattoo people that the bloggernacle and the tabernet seem to swarm with.

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6 Responses to BYU’s Araujo at the NBA draft

  1. Kingsley on June 25, 2004 at 2:58 pm

    Take that, Catholics! You might have Augustine weeping in the garden & Hopkins burning his poems, but we have Araujo playing in the Garden & Jennings burning his way through another set of answers on Jeopardy!

  2. Jeremiah J. on June 25, 2004 at 4:12 pm

    He’ll be a nice big man in the league, especially with Chris Bosh up in Toronto. I am, however, glad that he will not be joining the Jazz. The guy is strong and will mix it up in the lane, but gravity doesn’t like him; he has no jump. Even if he does develop a better post game I see him getting his shot blocked a lot (as much as I hate to say it–he’s a Brazilian with Mormon connections!).

    Humphries and Snyder are going to be better. Humpries excelled in a much better conference than Araujo, and he’s younger. Snyder is a proven big-game player; a very strong, tall 2 guard with athleticism. Danny Ainge blew it by not taking Snyder, but many of us figured Ainge would blow it somehow last night.

  3. Adam Greenwood on June 25, 2004 at 4:57 pm

    And yet many BYU fans keep fantasizing that Ainge will someday come and take over the program. Why?

  4. Jeremiah J. on June 25, 2004 at 5:25 pm

    Ainge? The Jazz or BYU? I hope not the former. Ainge was a great player, but judgement was never his strong suit. He openly admits that “he never saw a shot he didn’t like.” He had the guts to get Antoine Walker out of Boston (at a cost, admittedly) but some other moves of his have been a bit suspect. I like him more as a coach or player development guy that the big boss.

    Maybe he would be a good BYU coach, however.

  5. Jeremiah J. on June 25, 2004 at 5:26 pm

    Ainge? The Jazz or BYU? I hope not the former. Ainge was a great player, but judgement was never his strong suit. He openly admits that “he never saw a shot he didn’t like.” He had the guts to get Antoine Walker out of Boston (at a cost, admittedly) but some other moves of his have been a bit suspect. I like him more as a coach or player development guy than the big boss.

    Maybe he would be a good BYU coach, however.

  6. Adam Greenwood on June 26, 2004 at 11:18 am

    BYU. But I just don’t see what he could do that the current Coach doesn’t.

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