#23 Jon Babul






Forward
6-7, 232
Senior-R
North Attleboro, Mass.
North Attleboro H.S.

AT TECH
Hard-nosed forward who is not known for his scoring but provides excellent defense and rebounding . . . Tech's emotional leader who was called the team's ÒglueÓ and ÒrockÓ by Wake Forest head coach Dave Odom . . . Undersized for a power forward but plays excellent position defense . . . Tenacious rebounder, especially on the offensive glass . . . Nearly half of his career rebounds were on the offensive glass.

Hampered by injuries in his career, but remained relatively healthy his senior season . . . Was limited to 17 games as a junior by a strained quadriceps and bursitis in his hip . . . Underwent off-season surgery to remove the bursa . . . Redshirted during the 1997-98 season after suffering a broken bone in his foot over the summer.

2000-01
Started every game and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game . . . More productive in ACC games with 6.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game . . . Vastly improved from the free throw line, shooting 80.0 percent after hitting only 53 percent his first three seasons . . . Scored 41.2 pecent of his points at the free throw line, highest percentage on the team . . . Hit 24 of 27 free throws in ACC play (89 percent) . . . Takes good care of the basketball with just 28 turnovers, fewest among Tech's regulars . . . Averaged 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds and shot 51.1 percent from the field over the last 10 games of the regular season.

Scored a season-best 14 points in Tech's win at Clemson for his career high in an ACC game . . . Hit a three-pointer in that game and had two key baskets in the final three minutes, going 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line . . . Had nine points and two blocked shots in Tech's victory over sixth-ranked Virginia, including a three-pointer . . . Made two three-pointers against Duke . . . Scored nine points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Clemson on Senior Day . . . Shot 56 percent (15-for-27) from the field for the last six games and 51 percent (23-for-45) for the final 10 games . . . Scored just four points in Tech's two ACC Tournament games, but helped seal the quarterfinal win over Virginia by sinking a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left that extended a two-point lead to four.

1999-2000
Plagued for much of the season by a strained right quadriceps and bursitis in his hip . . . Missed a total of 13 games on the season, and played just eight games after Jan. 1 . . . His toughness, rebounding and defense were missed . . . Averaged 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 17 games . . . Season highs of eight points against Michigan and seven rebounds and three assists versus Morehead State . . . Had six points, two rebounds and two steals in 15 minutes in Tech's win over 18th-ranked Maryland (1/15) . . . Averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in six ACC games.

1998-99
Averaged 5.3 points and was Tech's third-leading rebounder with 6.0 per game . . . Started at small forward but also frequently played the power forward . . . Had nearly as many offensive rebounds (75) as defensive boards (88) and was fourth in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (2.78) . . . Nine games with eight or more rebounds.

Was playing extremely well early in the season before suffering a severely sprained left ankle, sustained in practice on Dec. 2 . . . Missed the next four games and was not at full strength for much of the season . . . Returned to play a key role in the Jackets win over North Carolina (12/22) . . . Came off the bench to contribute nine points, four rebounds and some key defensive play against the Tar Heels . . . Played one of his best games of the season in Tech's win at Virginia (1/25) with 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals . . . In Tech's home victory over the Cavaliers (2/25), he scored all four of his point in the overtime . . . . Had six points, six rebounds and three assists in double overtime win over Florida State (2/11) . . . The Jackets' most consistent player in the Big Island Classic in November, helping Tech earn wins over New Orleans and West Virginia before falling to 16th-ranked Washington in the finals . . . Had 16 points his career high and 10 rebounds against UNO, and then 10 points and 10 boards versus West Virginia . . . Was averaging 8.4 points and 9.4 rebounds and shooting 56.7 percent before the injury . . . Reached his career-rebounding high with 12 against the Citadel and then matched it against Mount St. Mary's, when he did not score but also had five assists.

1996-97
Tech's sixth man and defensive spe-cialist . . . Started six games . . . Averaged 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds . . . Grabbed more than half of his rebounds on the offensive boards (41 of 72) . . . Handed out 26 assists and blocked 10 shots . . . Started four of the first seven games when he was alternating with Jason Floyd at the two-guard . . . Became Tech's sixth man when Gary Saunders returned to the starting lineup . . . Inserted into the starting five for Tech's 71-58 win over Florida State and did an outstanding defensive job on FSU leading scorer James Collins, holding him to seven points and 3-for-17 from the field . . . Had two points and two blocked shots against the Seminoles . . . Also started the next game at UNC and had two points and a season-high seven rebounds, but missed the following game at Virginia with a sprained shoulder.

Scored a season-high nine points and grabbed six rebounds against Morgan State . . . High in an ACC game was seven points against Maryland, along with four rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot . . . Had seven points, including 5-8 from the free throw line, and four boards against Radford . . . Scored six points on two three-pointers against Temple . . . Added five points against NC State and four versus UNC Greensboro . . . Pulled down seven rebounds in three games: Hofstra including five on the offensive glass UNC Greensboro and North Carolina.

High School
First-team all-state performer as a senior by the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald . . . Ranked No. 86 among all high school seniors by Bob Gibbons . . . Rated a Òmid- to high-majorÓ prospect by Brick Oettinger . . . High honorable mention all-America rating by Street & Smith's . . . Helped lead North Attleboro High School to the South sectional finals as a senior . . . Played center and power forward and averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds . . . Season highs of 24 points against Canton and Attleboro, and 17 rebounds in six games . . . One of 10 players selected to represent Boston in the Boston Shootout . . . Averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds as a junior despite missing nine games with a broken wrist . . . Returned for season's final two games, helping North Attleboro reach sectional semifinals . . . As a sophomore, averaged 12 points and nine rebounds, and 7.5 points and nine rebounds as a freshman . . . Lettered four seasons and made the all-Hockomock League team each year . . . Served as team captain as a senior for coach Don Johnson . . . Graduated with a 3.8 grade-point average and ranked 17th in a class of 220 . . . Made the Boston Globe all-Scholastic team as a junior and senior.

Personal
Full name is Jonathan Ryan Babul (pro-nounced BAY-bull). . . Born November 25, 1977 in Attleboro, Mass. . . . Son of Michael and Joan Babul . . . Identical twin brother, Mike, played basketball at Massachusetts through last season . . . Mike is six minutes older than Jon . . . Dean's List student in Management . . . Completed requirements for his bachelor's degree at the end of the fall semester and enrolled in several graduate classes toward a master's in Public Policy . . . Named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll . . . Served as the men's basketball team representative on Tech's Student-Athlete Advisory Board for three years . . . Involved in Tech's mentoring program at Centennial Elementary School and has also volunteered for Special Olympics . . . Peach of an Athlete honoree by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a program that recognizes athletes who are positive role models . . . Hopes to pursue a coaching career.

CAREER STATISTICS
Year    G-GS    MP-Avg     FG-FGA  Pct   3P-3PA  Pct  FT-FTA  Pct.
1997   26-6    505-19.4   17-66   .258  4-25   .160  18-30   .600
1998                          REDSHIRTED      
1999   27-26   782-29.0   52-132  .394  4-18   .222  35-70   .500
2000   17-0    271-15.9   24-52   .462  2-7    .286  12-22   .545
2001   30-30   595-19.8   47-132  .356  5-17   .294  68-85   .800
Total 100-62  2153-21.5 140-382  .366 15-67   .224 133-207  .643

Year O-D Reb Avg As TO Bl St TP Avg 1997 41-31 72 2.8 26 39 10 4 56 2.2 REDSHIRTED 1998 75-88 163 6.0 36 51 10 15 143 5.3 1999 28-38 66 3.9 9 19 3 10 62 3.6 2000 44-57 101 3.4 37 28 15 19 167 5.6 Total 188-214 402 4.0 108 137 38 48 428 4.3

JON BABUL'S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2000-01 MP FG 3FG FT O-R A TO Bl St Pts Wofford* 16 1-3 0-0 3-4 1-5 2 1 1 2 5 Char So* 21 3-8 0-0 6-6 2-4 2 0 2 3 12 Davidson* 22 1-5 0-0 2-2 1-4 0 2 0 1 4 Iowa* 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 UCLA* 19 1-8 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 2 2 Georgia* 13 0-3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 Kentucky* 20 2-5 0-0 5-6 1-4 1 0 0 0 9 Idaho State* 19 3-3 1-1 2-2 0-4 2 0 1 0 9 Stanford* 16 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 Morgan State* 18 2-5 0-1 5-5 2-4 5 0 0 3 9 Harvard* 15 0-6 0-0 3-4 3-4 2 0 0 1 3 N. Carolina* 22 1-5 0-0 6-7 2-2 0 2 2 0 8 Maryland* 30 3-8 0-0 3-4 2-3 1 1 1 1 9 Virginia* 9 0-3 0-0 2-2 0-0 1 0 0 0 2 Wake Forest* 26 3-8 0-0 1-2 3-4 1 0 1 0 7 NC State* 27 1-4 0-0 0-0 2-6 3 2 1 0 2 Duke* 19 1-7 0-1 6-6 4-6 0 1 0 0 8 Clemson* 30 5-7 1-1 3-3 5-6 3 1 0 0 14 Florida State* 28 1-3 0-1 6-10 3-7 2 0 0 1 8 N. Carolina* 27 2-6 0-1 3-6 2-3 0 0 1 0 7 Maryland* 20 0-2 0-0 2-2 0-3 2 1 0 0 2 Virginia* 20 3-7 1-2 2-2 0-3 1 1 2 0 9 Wake Forest* 23 4-6 0-2 0-0 1-3 2 1 0 0 8 NC State* 21 2-3 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 4 0 1 4 Duke* 10 2-3 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 0 6 Clemson* 29 3-6 0-1 3-5 4-8 2 2 0 0 9 Florida State* 24 1-2 0-0 3-4 5-6 0 4 1 0 5 Virginia* 20 1-4 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 1 0 1 4 North Carolina* 15 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-1 1 0 0 2 0 St. Joseph's* 12 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 2 1999-2000 MP FG 3FG FT O-R A TO Bl St Pts Mercer 9 2-5 0-0 1-3 3-5 0 1 0 1 5 Grambling 18 1-2 0-1 0-0 1-6 2 5 0 0 2 Washington 16 3-5 0-1 0-0 1-6 1 0 0 0 6 Kansas 14 2-6 0-0 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 0 4 Michigan 20 2-4 1-1 3-4 4-4 1 0 0 1 8 Georgia 16 2-4 0-0 0-2 4-6 1 0 0 0 4 Stanford 17 1-2 0-0 1-2 1-4 0 0 1 0 3 Morehead St. 25 1-4 1-4 2-2 2-7 3 2 0 2 5 UNC-G 18 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-3 0 2 0 1 2 Lafayette 14 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 0 0 0 2 Duke 20 1-6 0-0 2-2 2-2 1 1 0 0 4 Maryland 15 2-3 0-0 2-2 1-2 0 3 0 2 6 Florida State 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 Florida State 23 2-4 0-0 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 2 4 NC State 15 1-2 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 3 0 0 2 Wake Forest 14 1-1 0-0 1-3 1-4 0 0 0 0 3 Florida State 13 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 1 0 Missed 13 games in 1999-2000 due to injury 1998-99 MP FG 3FG FT O-R A TO Bl St Pts Chrlston So* 32 2-4 0-1 2-7 3-7 0 3 0 1 6 Citadel* 33 3-6 0-0 0-1 6-12 1 0 0 0 6 New Orleans*(ot)39 6-9 1-1 3-6 9-10 0 2 1 0 16 West Virginia* 40 4-7 0-1 2-4 6-10 1 3 1 0 10 Washington* 34 2-4 0-0 0-0 3-8 1 0 1 0 4 Missed four games with sprained ankle N. Carolina 30 3-3 1-1 2-2 3-4 0 1 0 0 9 Hofstra* 29 3-3 1-1 0-1 2-3 1 3 1 0 7 Iona* 37 2-8 0-2 1-2 1-6 2 1 0 2 5 Mt. St. Mary's* 35 0-4 0-1 0-0 4-12 5 1 0 0 0 NC State* 22 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-2 3 5 0 0 3 Duke* 32 0-7 0-1 0-1 5-8 4 3 0 0 0 Florida State* 26 1-4 0-1 2-4 3-6 2 2 3 1 4 Wake Forest* 30 3-5 0-2 1-2 2-4 0 1 0 1 7 Maryland* 19 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-5 1 6 1 0 0 Virginia* 36 4-8 0-0 4-5 2-9 3 3 0 2 12 Clemson* 23 1-4 0-1 2-5 2-6 1 1 0 0 4 N. Carolina* 28 3-6 0-1 3-6 3-5 0 1 0 2 9 NC State* 28 3-5 0-2 1-3 2-2 0 2 1 1 7 Duke* 32 2-7 1-1 0-2 2-4 1 2 0 1 5 Fla. St.* (2ot) 36 2-6 0-0 2-3 4-6 3 0 0 0 6 Louisville* 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 0 2 Wake Forest* 32 1-4 0-1 1-2 2-5 1 0 1 0 3 Maryland* 25 1-7 0-0 2-2 3-8 1 1 0 2 4 Virginia* (ot) 23 1-6 0-0 2-4 3-4 0 3 0 1 4 Clemson* 23 1-7 0-0 2-4 3-9 1 2 0 1 4 N. Carolina* 22 0-0 0-0 2-2 1-3 1 0 0 0 2 Oregon* 23 2-4 0-0 0-0 0-3 2 3 0 0 4 1996-97 MP FG 3FG FT O-R A TO Bl St Pts Wofford* 29 1-4 0-2 0-0 2-2 6 0 1 0 2 Morgan State 20 4-5 1-1 0-0 4-6 0 2 1 0 9 Radford* 28 1-4 0-0 5-8 2-4 2 1 0 0 7 Georgia 22 0-1 0-1 1-2 2-5 2 0 0 1 1 Temple* 25 2-3 2-2 0-0 1-1 1 5 0 0 6 Maryland 26 2-4 1-2 2-2 1-4 4 2 1 0 7 Kentucky* 26 1-6 0-2 0-0 3-3 1 4 0 0 2 Hofstra 27 1-5 0-1 0-2 5-7 0 4 0 1 2 St. John's 12 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 0 0 UNC-G 11 0-3 0-1 4-6 4-7 0 3 0 0 4 Duke 17 0-1 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 0 0 Wake Forest 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 0 0 Louisville 18 1-3 0-1 0-1 1-2 1 1 1 0 2 Florida State* 28 0-3 0-2 2-2 1-2 2 0 2 0 2 North Carolina* 31 1-5 0-2 0-0 2-7 1 2 0 0 2 Virginia DNP INJURED NC State 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 0 0 Clemson 19 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 0 0 Duke 18 0-2 0-1 0-0 3-3 1 1 1 0 0 Virginia 23 0-3 0-1 0-0 3-5 3 0 2 1 0 Florida State 17 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 0 0 North Carolina 15 1-4 0-3 1-2 0-0 0 3 0 0 3 Maryland 18 0-2 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 3 0 0 0 NC State 27 1-1 0-0 3-4 0-1 0 0 1 1 5 Wake Forest 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Clemson 14 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 0 0 NC State 11 1-4 0-0 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 2