An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft. Originally committed to Georgia. Winner of the Naismith Award, signifying the nation’s top high school player. Named to the 2005 McDonald’s All-America Team.
High School Career Highlights: Named Mr. Basketball in Georgia as a junior and senior. Four-time All-State selection. South Gwinnett went 103-16 over his four seasons. Tallied 3,338 points, 768 rebounds, 650 assists and 355 steals during his career.
2005 Postseason All-Star Games: In the Nike Hoop Summit against top international competition, scored 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting as the USA Select Team defeated the World Select Team, 106-98. Scored 20 points and handed out four assists in the Jordan Classic. Tallied 14 point and nine assists in the McDonald’s High School All-American Game.
Senior (2004-05): Averaged 27.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists. Led team to a 28-3 record and fourth place finish in the state. Scored a season-high 44 points in a state quarterfinals loss to Wheeler. Named USA Today National Player of the Week after he averaged 33.3 points over three games. Scored 32 points in upset win over Oak Hill Academy.
Junior (2003-04): Averaged 27.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists in leading South Gwinnett to a Class 5A title. Scored 39 points in the title game against Tift County.
Sophomore (2002-03): Averaged 32.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists in helping lead his team to a 26-3 record and a fifth place Georgia Class 5A finish. Scored a season-high 50 points against Central Gwinnett.
Freshman (2001-02): Averaged 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists as his team went 18-8. Scored 23 points in his debut against Tucker.
Strengths: Said to have a vertical leap in excess of 40 inches. A gifted scorer who can create his own shot and get to the basket. Needs to improve his point guard skills.
Personal: Son of Mitch and Janice Faulkner. Dunked for the first time as a 5-7 seventh grader.