An Academic All-America Candidate ... two-time Academic All-Conference selection ... returning starter at the small forward position ? senior co-captain... outstanding defensive player who was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive team last season for the second consecutive year ? the team?s best leaper, capturing the slam dunk title during Midnight Madness all four years he has competed ? twin brother, Jon, plays basketball at Georgia Tech ? Michael Garrett Babul ? born November 25, 1977 in Attleboro, Mass. ... son of Mike and Joan Babul ? has an overall GPA of 3.16 in Sport Management.
AS A JUNIOR IN 1998-99: Selected to the 1998-99 Atlantic 10 All-Defensive team ... Selected to the 1998-99 Atlantic 10 All-Academic team ... Averaged 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game ... started 29 of 30 games on the season ... ranked second on the team in blocked shots (24) and assists (55) and fourth in steals (19) ... held Connecticut?s Richard Hamilton to 11 points on 3 of 11 shooting, with four turnovers ... scored a career-high 15 points at St. John?s, while allowing Ron Artest only nine points ... pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds against Kansas, while holding Kenny Gregory to six points and two rebounds ... allowed Texas? Kris Clack only nine points on 3 of 11 shooting, with four turnovers ... totaled 11 points and eight rebounds at La Salle ... named to the preseason Atlantic 10 All-Defensive team ... Pizza Hut Academic All-Star of the Game for the CBS broadcast of the UMass/Temple game.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 1997-98: Started all 32 games at small forward ? averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game ? one of the nation?s top defensive stoppers ? named to the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive team ? earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team with a 3.25 GPA ? held Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Cuttino Mobley to 2-of-7 shooting and 12 points in game at Rhode Island ? helped hold St. Louis? Larry Hughes to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting in NCAA first round ? limited George Washington?s Yegor Mescheriakov to 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting ? held Boston College?s Antonio Granger to 2-of-12 shooting and eight points ? forced Colorado?s Kenny Price to a season-low 10 points before Price fouled out ? held Xavier?s Darnell Williams to nine points on 2-of-5 shooting ? limited Coby Turner of Dayton to seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with no three-point field goal attempts ? held Davidson?s Mark Donnelly to 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting ? held Melvin Levitt of Cincinnati to seven points on 1-of-13 shooting ? scored a career-high 13 points in second game against Fordham ? had a season-high nine rebounds vs. UNC Charlotte ? had 10 points while playing a 35 minutes in second game vs. St. Joseph?s ? had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists vs. La Salle ? scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting at No. 21 Xavier ? scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in the season-opener at No. 15 Fresno State ? scored six points against Seton Hall in the third place game at the Great Alaska Shootout ? had six points, five rebounds and three steals at St. Joseph?s.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 1996-97: Averaged 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game ? played in 25 games, making 10 starts ? won the team?s slam dunk contest during Midnight Madness ? played both the small forward and big guard positions ? played a season-high 32 minutes at Wake Forest, scoring six points and pulling down nine boards.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for coach Don Johnson at North Attleboro High School ? rated among the top 60 high school seniors in the nation and the top five in Massachusetts by Reidel?s Roundball Review ? averaged 20.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during his senior year ? averaged 13.7 points per game while leading his Boston area team (alongside teammate Monty Mack) to the Boston Shootout title in the summer following his senior year ? averaged 22.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his junior season ? two-time Hockomock League All-Star choice ? first team All-Scholastic pick during his junior year.
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