Full Name:
Kareem Lamar Rush
Position:
Guard
College:
Missouri
Height:
6-6
Weight:
215
High School:
Pembroke Hill HS (Kansas City, Mo.)
Birthdate:
October 30, 1980
Birthplace:
Kansas City, Mo.

Statistics

NBA DRAFT 2002
Selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Toronto Raptors ... Draft rights traded with Tracy Murray to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lindsey Hunter and the draft rights to Chris Jefferies (No. 27).

TEAM WORKOUTS/FEATURES
Q&A with the Phoenix Suns

HIGHLIGHTS
An early entry candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft.
Named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press as a junior and as a sophomore.
His career scoring average of 18.9 ppg is the fourth highest in Missouri history.
Ranks ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,584 points, scoring in double figures in 79 of 84 career games.
Holds the Missouri career record for three point field goal accuracy (.424) and is second all-time in three pointers made (226).


AT MISSOURI
As a junior, earned First Team All-Big 12 honors.
Recorded the third-most points in Missouri single-season history (712) and averaged 19.8 ppg, which led the Tigers and was second in the Big 12 (and 44th in nation) behind Drew Gooden of Kansas.
Ranked second in the Big 12 with an average of 3.1 three-pointers made per game.
Scored over 500 points for the second straight season, one of only eight Tigers all-time to do that.
Led the Tigers to the West Region Finals of the NCAA Tournament and was named to the All-West Region Team, averaging 17.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Poured in a career-high 33 points against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament.

Overcame adversity to post excellent sophomore season.
Suffered torn ligaments in his (left) shooting thumb, which required surgery and forced him to miss seven games in February.
Named First Team All-Big 12 by the coaches and the writers after averaging 21.1 ppg (18th in nation).
Won the Big 12 scoring title and was ranked in the top 15 in the league in six different statistical categories.
Strongly considered for Big 12 Player of the Year honors until suffering the late-season thumb injury.
Became the first Tiger to average 20 points since Anthony Peeler (Minnesota Timberwolves) averaged 23.4 during the 1991-92 season.

Named Big 12 Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches.
Also earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors (media and coaches) as well as being named to the Big-12 All-Freshman and All-Bench Teams by The Associated Press.
Missed nine games at one point in the season due to an NCAA suspension.
Upon his return, averaged a team-best 17.4 points on 55.0 percent shooting over 13 games.
Was the first freshman ever to lead Missouri in scoring during a conference season.
At one point, posted double figures in points in a freshman-record 17 straight games.

STATISTICS
SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
1999-00 22 6 109 216 .505 59 78 .756 94 34 29 4 323 14.7
2000-01 26 25 192 434 .442 96 120 .800 174 51 34 21 549 21.1
2001-02 36 36 249 585 .426 103 134 .769 188 89 39 22 712 19.8
TOTALS 84 67 550 1235 .445 258 332 .777 456 174 102 47 1584 18.9
Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 46-for-108 (.426); 2000-01, 69-for-154 (.448); 2001-02, 111-for-274 (.405).