An early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft. Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee on May 3, 2003. While rehabilitating the knee, was dismissed from the San Diego State basketball program for failing to meet academic responsibilities on Aug. 1, 2003.
Career Highlights: Played only season of college basketball at San Diego State as a freshman in 2002-03, where he earned Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year honors. Originally signed with UCLA out of high school, but was declared academically ineligible and was released from his letter-of-intent. Later enrolled at San Diego State and regained eligibility.
Freshman (2002-03): Averaged 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game. Joined team on Dec. 5 after being ruled eligible to play by the NCAA’s Initial Eligibility-Waiver Committee. Ranked third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. Tied for the team lead in blocked shots with 25. Led team in scoring four times and paced team in rebounding five times. Exploded for career highs of 31 points (on 12-for-15 shooting, including 4-for-6 from three-point range) and 13 rebounds against New Mexico. Scored 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting at UNLV. Registered 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five assists against Wyoming in his first career start. Notched a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds against Loyola Marymount. Recorded 21 points and four steals against Florida Atlantic. Tallied seven points, three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes in his collegiate debut against Arizona.
High School: A McDonald’s All-America choice and a Third Team Parade All-America selection after his prep career. Scored 11 points in the McDonald’s All-America game at Madison Square Garden. Also recorded 18 points in the Jordan Capital Classic in Washington, D.C. Averaged 22.7 points and 10.5 rebounds his senior season at Fairfax HS. Named Central City Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.
Strengths: A versatile and explosive scorer who will need to prove that he has fully recovered from injury and a year away from competitive basketball.
Personal: Wears his game shorts from the McDonald’s All-America game for good luck. Sister Nicole is a rhythm and blues singer. The best book he has ever read is Of Mice and Men.