Generation adidas: 5 things to know about Andrew Jean-Baptiste
With the 2012 MLS SuperDraft around the corner, the final additions to the draft class are being made through the Generation adidas process.
MLSsoccer.com's college/youth expert, Travis Clark, will reveal and analyze the 2012 members of the GA class before the Combine starts on Friday.
Today, we take a look at Connecticut defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste.
1. He's got the size to succeed.
Standing at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Jean-Baptiste is an impressive physical specimen, and has the athleticism and skills to be a shutdown center back for years to come with his abilities.
2. He's earned some major accolades.
In his second season at Connecticut, the center back anchored a defense that had 16 shutouts on the year, earning Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors as he led the Huskies to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
3. He's durable and consistent.
In two years, Jean-Baptiste was someone UConn could rely on, as he started a total of 45 games in two years, playing in every minute of all 25 games in 2011.
4. He's a possible cornerstone center back for years to come.
Even with exciting physical tools, freak athleticism and a good work rate, the Huskies product will need time to develop. However, if it all pans out for Jean-Baptiste, he could be a reliable center back in MLS for years to come.
5. He's a bit like...
Jalil Anibaba. Good size, speed, and athletic ability able to cope with the demands of the higher level of the pro game.