An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Consensus 2003 National High School Player of the Year. Named PARADE High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season as a senior, becoming the first repeat winner in the 47-year history of the award. Named USA Today boys’ high school basketball Player of the Year following junior and senior seasons. Named Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
High School Career Highlights: Led St. Vincent-St. Mary (SVSM) to three state championships in four seasons. Named Mr. Basketball for the state of Ohio by AP for three straight seasons beginning with sophomore year. Named to USA Today All-USA First Team for three consecutive seasons beginning with sophomore season. Posted four-year high school career totals of 2,657 points, 892 rebounds and 523 assists.
2003 Postseason All-Star Games: Named MVP of McDonald’s High School All-American Game, the EA Sports Roundball Classic and the Jordan Capital Classic. In the McDonald’s Game, led East to 122-107 victory with 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. In the Roundball Classic, led West to 120-119 victory with 28 points, six rebounds and five assists, hitting game-winning jump shot with 25 seconds remaining. In the Capital Classic, scored 34 points and added 12 rebounds and six assists as his Black team dropped a 107-102 decision to the Silver Team.
Senior (2002-03): Led team to 25-1 record and mythical high school national championship as selected by USA Today. The only loss was the forfeit of a game SVSM actually won. Scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds as SVSM defeated Kettering Alter 40-36 in Columbus, Ohio, on March 22 to capture its third state title in four seasons. Averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals. Scored 31 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists in win over Oak Hill Academy as SVSM assumed the top national ranking. Scored 52 points against Westchester High School of Los Angeles, hitting 21-of-35 shots from the field. Broke left (non-shooting) wrist in an AAU basketball game during the summer of 2002.
Junior (2001-02): Finished 23-4 and as runner-up for state championship. SVSM lost Division II state title to Roger Bacon of Cincinnati, 71-63. Averaged 29.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals. Broke index finger on left hand playing high school football prior to basketball season. Helped lead football team to state semifinals.
Sophomore (2000-01): Led team to 26-1 record and Division III state title for second straight season. Defeated Miami East (Casstown) 63-53 in championship game. Team finished fifth in USA Today Super 25 rankings. Became first sophomore player ever chosen for USA Today All-USA First Team. Averaged 25.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals. Named First Team all-state in football as a wide receiver.
Freshman (1999-00): Led team to 27-0 record and Division III state title. Defeated Greenview (Jamestown) 73-55 in championship game. Tallied 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists in title game. Averaged 18 points and six rebounds for the season.
Strengths: Best attribute is his ability to make the correct pass with flair. Excellent strength and body control. His size and versatility allow him to play multiple positions. Coaches and teammates praise his unselfishness.
Personal: Loved to play high school football before giving it up to concentrate on basketball. Shares December 30th birthday with Tiger Woods. Considers Michael Jordan his role model and wears the number 23.