An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft. Named one of 10 finalists for the 2005 Naismith Trophy, awarded to the top high school player in the country. Named to USA Today’s 2004-05 Preseason Super 25 and was ranked among USA Today’s top eight juniors the previous year. Twice named an All-Star at the Reebok ABCD Camp, and was selected as the 2005 Camp MVP. Played at three different high school in Kansas City before settling at Mount Zion for his junior and senior seasons. In five games at the 2004 Youth Development Festival, averaged 26.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
High School Career Highlights: Two-time All-State selection.
2005 Postseason All-Star Games: Named West team Co-MVP at the Roundball Classic, finishing with 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in a 136-119 victory. In the Nike Hoop Summit against top international competition, scored two points in eight minutes as the USA Select Team defeated the World Select Team, 106-98.
Senior (2004-05): Averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Posted single-game highs of 45 points, 23 rebounds, 17 blocks, 13 assists and nine steals.
Junior (2003-04): Helped lead his team to a 31-1 record and a state championship. Averaged 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.0 blocks.
Strengths: Terrific athlete who likes to slash to the basket and take advantage of his length and vertical leap. Continues to improve as a shooter and ball-handler.
Personal: Younger brother of Charlotte Bobcats’ guard Kareem Rush and former UCLA standout JaRon Rush.