An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Named National Player of the Year by The Sporting News as a senior. Was also a consensus First Team All-American, and was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Earned Second Team All-Big Ten his freshman and sophomore seasons. Currently stands as the 17th all-time leading scorer in Illinois history (1,342 points), and ranks third all-time in three-point field goals (221), fifth in assists (483), and tied for fifth in steals (178). Was a member of the bronze-medal 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team and the 2003 USA Basketball Men's National Junior Team. Led the Men’s National Junior team in scoring (17.3 ppg) and set a team record with 47 points a win over Lithuania.
Junior (2004-05): Ranked second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.434). Ranked second in the league in three-point field goals made (2.5), third in assists (4.5) and third in steals (1.8). Season total of 99 threes made is the second-highest total in school history. Led team in scoring in 10 contests. Shot 9-for-12 from the field, including 8-for-10 from beyond the arc in scoring a career-high 27 points vs. Purdue. Dished out a career-high 13 assists vs. Longwood. Recorded 19 points and 11 assists at Penn State. Tallied 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds vs. Wake Forest. Led team with 21 points vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the NCAA Tournament Chicago Regional Semifinals. Added 15 points and seven assists vs. Arizona in the Regional Finals. Contributed 12 points and seven assists in the NCAA Tournament finals vs. North Carolina.
Sophomore (2003-04): Ranked second on the team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg, second in the Big Ten). Also ranked eighth in the league in three-point field goals made (2.2) and ninth in steals (1.6). Posted season-high 24 points vs. Penn State, shooting 8-for-13 from the field and 6-for-10 from behind the three-point line. Recorded a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists at Iowa. Hit five threes on his way to 20 points vs. Northwestern. Led team with 21 points vs. Murray State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Freshman (2002-03): Led the Big Ten in assists in all games (4.97 apg), with his season total of 159 assists ranking eighth all-time on Illinois’ single-season list. Scored 20 or more points five times. Posted season-high 25 points vs. Eastern Illinois. Recorded 21 points and seven assists vs. Missouri. Scored 24 points vs. Michigan State. Had a season-high 11 assists at Penn State. Named to the first-ever Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Strengths: Possesses tremendous quickness and end-to-end speed. An excellent outside shooter who can also create off the dribble for himself and others.
Personal: Majoring in sport management. Also excelled as a quarterback on his high school football team.